What is the Better Block Project?
Imagine this: your neighbourhood thriving with new, creative local businesses, sustainable transport options, shared food gardens and safe, inspiring public spaces to connect with your community. These are just a few things the Better Block Project has been helping achieve in cities across America.
The Better Block Project was started by Jason Roberts and Andrew Howard in 2010 when they organised local residents to ‘beauty bomb’ a run down part of their hometown in Dallas, America.
In a weekend they created a temporary walkable precinct for people of all ages. Overnight they built popup businesses and cafes in vacant buildings, painted biodegradable bike lanes, borrowed and installed trees, strung up lighting and crafted outdoor seating. Rather than simply talking about it, the project demonstrated how the block could be revived to improve safety, health and economic opportunity in a rapid timeframe. Since then, Better Block projects have been sparking throughout America with many of the temporary improvements and businesses becoming permanent.
In 2013, the Sustainable Living Festival delivered an Australia Better Block Tour program.
Hold your own Better Block event as part of the 2014 Sustainable Living Festival. Apply here and register your Better Block event to be included in the 2014 Festival.