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Fresno, CA

On November 15th, 2014, the Better Block team transformed the 3600 block of Ventura Ave. in Fresno with live music, parklets, street landscaping, crosswalks, a classic car show, outdoor seating, and an upcycled shipping container. The demonstration was part of a larger effort by the Fresno Council of Governments to revitalize Kings Canyon/Ventura Ave.

Plaza de Armas

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 […]

San Antonio

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.

The Alamo

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

Saint Paul, MN

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, VA

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

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

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 […]

Wichita

Grand Avenue

On November 19th, Team Better Block in collaboration with the City of Dallas will hold a Better Block demonstration on Grand Avenue and Meadow Street next to RL Griffin’s Blues Palace #2 from 10:30AM to 1:30PM. The idea to pair the event with a Gospel BBQ came about after studying the area and meeting with […]

From the Blog

Nov
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Posted by monica on November 18th, 2014 at 3:24 pm

Think about the disruptive innovations of the twentieth century like Henry Ford’s Model T or Steve Job’s Macintosh personal computer, which started at the bottom of the market and eventually displaced established competitors. Now think about all the vacant or underused space in your city. New approaches and technologies for using that space are increasing […]

Nov
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Posted by monica on November 18th, 2014 at 3:23 pm

The Knight Foundation and Team Better Block have begun laying the groundwork for their first collaboration with the city of Akron, Ohio. The community of North Hill has been selected for the city’s first Better Block and residents, business owners, and city staff have all partnered to start preparing the Cuyahoga Falls and Main Street area for […]

Nov
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Posted by monica on November 18th, 2014 at 3:22 pm

On June 13th and 14th, Richmond, Virginia held its first Better Block project sponsored by Sportsbackers, Bon Secours, the National Association of Realtors, Capital One, and Davita. The block of 25th Street and Venable was temporarily transformed into a neighborhood destination, complete with pop-up businesses, a cycle-track, parklets, pallet benches, and plaza with the help […]

Aug
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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 […]

Apr
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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.

Jan
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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 […]

Oct
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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 […]

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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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