|Public art without official permission? No monetization there, chump.|
Come to think of it, as opposed to directing action toward propping up unresponsive regimes, street reclamation ideas like those presented here are precisely the type of project ideal for neighborhood organizations. Why not direct one's time and money at the problem, rather than the figurehead?
Perhaps the single most radical sentiment herein is this: "While people’s backyards are places for private gathering and recreation, the front area of a person’s house and the street beyond it can be an 'urban commons.'"
I know, I know. One-way, high-speed interstates work against such additions of human value. Maybe we should do something about that?
ACTIONS FOR STREETS AS PLACES: HOW ONE MAKES IT HAPPEN (Project for Public Spaces)
... While people’s backyards are places for private gathering and recreation, the front area of a person’s house and the street beyond it can be an “urban commons” – a place where neighbors bump into each other, children play together, and friendships are forged through impromptu conversations, block parties, and all kinds of other events. To make that happen, a neighborhood needs small places where people can gather (a stoop, a front yard, a corner, the sidewalk,) as well as opportunities to bring people together (Little Free Libraries, a community bulletin board, gardening, a public art event, or even a stoop sale). Across the country, people are starting to reclaim their streets and front yards as important social places.