Reclaiming Cities for the Public Good          

          One Block at a Time


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October 2nd, 2019

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June 15th, 2018

A Decade of Team Better Block            

Team Better Block has officially reached a full decade of placemaking! Check out our ten-year recap here.

Pop-Up Placemaking Tool Kit            

Team Better Block recently partnered with AARP Livable Communities to develop The AARP Pop-Up Placemaking Toolkit, a document created to help communities take advantage of placemaking opportunities. Download the document here.

AARP Placemaking Conference           

Team Better Block put on a pop-up placemaking demonstration as part of the AARP Placemaking Workshop earlier this November. Read more about the demonstration and collaboration with AARP here.

Matchmaking for Modern-Day Mobility          

Our latest micromobility infrastructure project was a great success because of the collaboration that took place amongst all of our partners. Read more and watch the video that tells the story here.

A Case for Colorful Crosswalks           

Community-driven painted crosswalk interventions have made national news this week. Do you have a story about experimenting and adding character to your community’s crosswalks? Were you told that color is not allowed? Read more and share your story here.

Authentic Form and Function Podcast Feature           

Andrew Howard was featured this week on the Authentic Form and Function Podcast. Read more about his experiences on our blog or listen to the podcast.

Where We Live (2018 Edition)           

Our work is highlighted in the 2018 edition of Where We Live: Communities for All Ages — 100+ Inspiring Examples from America's Local Leaders. It features more than 200 articles and photographs of inspiring programs, people and places throughout the United States.

Follow this link to learn how to get your free copy of Where We Live.

Featured Work          

AARP Livable Communities 2018

Blackburn Better Block

AARP Livable Communities chose Columbus as one of four US cities to receive the opportunity in 2018. In addition to the Blackburn project, AARP Livable Communities also hosted its national training in Columbus during the same time frame. Nine cities brought representatives for a two-day training on how to bring Better Blocks to their state through classroom education and hands-on building experiences at Blackburn Recreation Center.

During the event, a multitude of opportunities for the Blackburn Park became viable. Along with increased accessibility, community members imagined a beautiful, living work of art in the public realm that would physically and socially unite neighbors, and local and citywide organizations. Arts and cultural programming became opportunities to connect people to this physical space and to develop a sense of ownership.

Read more about this project here

Selected Projects