January 29th, 2019
What does a full city block look like with a raised, protected bicycle lane painted using pastel blue, pink and green colors?  Can you visually reimagine and redesign a worn outdoor basketball court?  What does a mile of Limitless lane look like?  Can you turn a dead end block into a family plaza?  All of these questions and more were demontrated and tested in 7 different communities and states around the U. S. in 2018 using the Better Block process.  Our Best Practices will guide you through before and after pages of interventions that were built and tested by over 200 volunteers from all walks of life, and implemented with the guidance from Team Better Block.  Community ideas were turned into interventions that demonstrated temporary traffic calming and placemaking in Neighborhoods, Parks & Plazas, and on Main Street. 

Redesigned outdoor basketball court in Columbus, OH’s Blackburn neighborhood in Fall of 2018.

More and more often we are asked to move beyond temporary installments to create semi-permanent and permanent infrastructure within a Better Block project and beyond.  One example of this is in Ash Crescent, a long-neglected neighborhood in Fort Worth, TX.  We led the community is testing a family plaza next to a growing neighborhood church.  The plaza was set within the right-of-way of a public street.  While temperatures rose to 103 degrees, the Better Block event brought over 200 residents out to a mayor town hall walk of the area, a record for the city.  The event was complete with hamburgers, hot dogs, and fun activities for everyone.  That project has led to potentially building a permanent, neighborhood park on donated land from a long-time pickle grower and manufacturer in the neighborhood.  

Ash Crescent neighborhod in Fort Worth, TX installed a temporary family plaza and Limitless lane in June 2018

Another example is in Bethel, VT, where in Fall of 2016, we led a Better Block that has one of the best instances of how Better Block can transform people into transforming their communities.  We returned in early 2018 to install semi-permanent traffic bulb-outs along their Main St. corridor where we have tested bulb-outs using temporary straw waddles.  

Installment of rubberform bulb-outs in downtown Bethel, May 2018.

Click and read a full update of all 2018’s project Best Practices below, and find out more about all of Team Better Block’s works as well.  

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