Tactical Public Realm
The City will fund several of these projects each year, based on community applications.
About the program
We are introducing new tools for lower-cost, rapid (tactical) improvements to our public space.
This program is based in our conversations with the community through Go Boston 2030. In those talks, we found that improving the public realm was a top priority.
Each year, the City will fund several interventions based on community applications.
For each intervention, our guidelines give:
- an overview
- context and location criteria
- application and implementation process, and
- community partner and City roles.
Tactical Public Realm Guides
Tactical Public Realm Guidelines
Read about all of the guidelines.
Learn about guidelines related to tactical plazas.
Learn about guidelines related to parklets.
Learn about guidelines related to outdoor cafes.
Temporary art: street murals
Learn about guidelines related to street murals.
How to apply for a street mural project
You can learn about how to apply through the Boston Art Commission.
Birch Street Pedestrian Plaza
A Pedestrian Plaza Created Using Semi-Permanent Materials
The City's first Tactical Plaza in Downtown.
Upcoming Tactical Plaza in Chinatown.
Street Mural near Elmhurst Park in Dorchester.
About Go Boston 2030
Boston’s citywide transportation plan, Go Boston 2030, lays out a commitment to:
- walk-friendly, transit-supporting, and bike-welcoming policy and infrastructure, and
- prioritize the movement of people over cars.
With Go Boston 2030, community ideas serve as the backbone for our decisions. We want to engage with as many different people across Boston as possible.