Better Block This Weekend

11 Jun
Better Block Project in Kansas City.  From streetsblog.org.

Better Block Project in Kansas City. From streetsblog.org.

Our busy friends at Bike Walk RVA are at it again, this time in North Church Hill with Richmond’s first Build a Better Block project.  Better Block is essentially a way of making change in an urban area by showing what that change could look like — not in drawings or plans, but on the ground.  With volunteers and donated materials, it transforms an area of the city with pop-up businesses, fresh paint, parks and parklets, crosswalks, and bike infrastructure.

Better block projects have led to revitalization in places with vacant storefronts that were not inviting to pedestrians and cyclists.  It’s about showing what a good, friendly neighborhood street can be like.  As Max Hepp-Buchanan put it in a recent RVA News story, “It’s like a temporary demonstration of what a neighborhood could be like with renewed investment.”

In Richmond, some permanent and some temporary improvements were being put in place today on North 25th Street between P and Carrington Streets.  That work will continue Thursday, June 12 beginning at 10 a.m.  Volunteers are welcome !  Or come and check out the results on Friday 5-9 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. -3 p.m.  There will be food trucks and other pop-up offerings, performances, art displays, a farmer’s market, and a 5k walk-run at 9 am on Saturday.  Check out the event web site here.  Hope to see you there!

 

 

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