Tactical URBanisn Organizers, or TURBO is the action arm of Nashville Civic Design Center’s Reclaiming Public Space Initiative. TURBO works with neighborhood groups and Metro Departments to identify public space concerns, and install temporary improvement projects to inform long-term change. See some example projects on the TURBO project page, or sign up for our volunteer list and newsletter to get involved with our next project.
How to get involved:
For TURBO to be successful it must be a united neighborhood effort. While there are many places in Nashville that need tactical urbanism, the more collaboration we have the more we can improve our community. Please help in any way possible.
- Sign up to volunteer and get involved with our projects
- Sponsor TURBO
- Identify locations in need of tactical urbanism
TURBO is part of the Nashville Civic Design Center ‘s Reclaiming Public Space initiative.
We are fans of walkability, public transportation, public art, biking, green space and less traffic.
We inspire permanent change through temporary projects surrounding mobility, safety and beauty.
What is Turbo Nashville: Turbo is a group of Nashvillians dedicated to improving our community’s built environment. Everyone can join and create projects our city needs.
Mission: Influence three-dimensional change in communities’ built environments, specifically in regards to beauty, safety, and mobility.
What is the purpose of this website: The purpose of this website is to create a space where Nashvillians can learn about tactical urbanism in their city and similar initiatives elsewhere, see TURBO projects, post opinions, identify future projects and locations, and join the tactical urbanism movement.
What methods do we use: We use tactical urbanism methods, which are small and often temporary changes to the built environment that will ideally turn into permanent change across the city. Tactical urbanism is mostly started by regular citizens and goes straight to action in order to avoid slow and inhibiting bureaucracy. However, some city governments, such as New York City, also use tactical urbanism as a way to test out new public space projects. Examples of tactical urbanism can range from bus stop benches, temporary bike lanes and crosswalks, The Better Block movement, temporary pedestrian plazas, outdoor seating and more.
Cover image courtesy Nashville Civic Design Center.