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The final better block of 2012 and 3rd in San Antonio, TX occurred this past weekend (Dec. 8th). The City of San Antonio’s City Center Development Office contracted Team Better Block of Dallas alongside the Project for Public Spaces in New York City, which worked together to develop a site plan that narrowed a segment […]

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By working with local landscape architects, students, and residents, Team Better Block transformed a wide roadway with vacant buildings into a walkable, bikeable neighborhood destination.

Alamo Better Block

The Alamo Better Block addressed the challenges into turning a major historic site into a more inviting destination for visitors and residents.

Saint Paul Better

Saint Paul began its first Better Block as part of their Complete Streets initiative. On June 8th, a section of East 7th street was transformed with a right-sized street which included bicycle infrastructure, and better pedestrian amenities.

Norfolk Better Blo

The Norfolk Better Block kicks off in April. A section of North Granby Street will be temporarily transf0rmed into a pedestrian oriented street with lighting, outdoor cafe seating, pop-up businesses, murals, and an improved streetscape.

Knox Strasse Bette

Team Better Block will be unveiling the first physically separated cycle-track in Dallas on Knox Street connecting the Katy Trail to the retail along Knox. This project is being developed in partnership with the city’s Complete Streets program to test the idea of creating a more pedestrian and bike friendly street while introducing innovative road […]

Brownsville Better

The City of Brownsville completed their first Better Block project and helped transform the heart of downtown into an incredible people-friendly place for residents, and visitors alike. The Market Square area was cleaned, benches were painted, lights were strung from trees, and businesses began addressing the street with cafe tables and landscaping.  Multiple pop-up shops […]

Alamo Plaza Better

San Antonio and Team Better Block are working together to launch the first ever Better Block project at Alamo Plaza! This project will highlight the potential for creating a more people-friendly plaza experience on the street fronting the Alamo. More details can be found here. Sign up to take part and help transform a public […]

Wichita Better Blo

The Wichita Better Block wrapped up after a weekend transformation that included build out of cycle tracks, pedestrian bulb-outs, reverse angled-parking, safer cross walks, and pop-up businesses. A wide four-lane road with parking was converted into a pedestrian and bicycle friendly street that encouraged slower speeds and more sidewalk activity. Check out the photos for […]

San Antonio Better

[youtube=] San Antonio’s first Better Block Project in coordination with the City of San Antonio’s Complete Streets Initiative and Metro Health’s SiClovia was a great success. Over 80 volunteers showed up to help transform a vacant building, overly wide streets, and empty park into a thriving, active neighborhood destination. Teams built cafes, flower shops, art […]

From the Blog

Posted by admin on August 13th, 2012 at 8:07 am

So things have been super busy at Team Better Block as we’ve been launching projects around the world (!) and getting to meet so many incredible communities. Also, some great organizations have taken on the charge to revitalize their own blocks with amazing results that are leading to many rapid and permanent changes. In our […]

Posted by admin on April 24th, 2012 at 8:59 am

Be sure to pickup the latest copy of DWELL magazine which focuses on 99 new design ideas, people, products, and plans. The Better Block is spotlighted on page 106 alongside Vancouver’s Picnurbia, and Philadelphia’s The Porch projects.

Posted by admin on January 8th, 2012 at 4:20 pm

2011 was an incredible year for the Better Block project and we look forward to all of the new projects that are in the works for 2012. The Better Block Project is only as strong as its community partners, so the real accolades belong to those who rolled up their sleeves and helped repair their […]

Posted by admin on October 24th, 2011 at 9:30 am

The “Better Bridge” project in South Dallas was completed last Saturday with over one hundred in attendance including Councilmembers, local businesses, residents, and visitors.  Two lanes of a four lane bridge were converted into a pedestrian and bicycle esplanade complete with lighting, landscaping, street furniture, and amenities for the community. This was the first time […]

Posted by admin on June 29th, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Jaime Lerner, former mayor of Curitiba, Brazil, has a great saying, “You should treat the automobile like your mother-in-law. You must have a good relationship with her, but don’t allow her to dominate your life”. Our Ross Better Boulevard project re-balanced the equation of the street giving equal weight to people and cars. This simple […]

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