Demonstration Project Makes Downtown Better

The Better Block project got its start in Dallas when a group of community organizers, neighbors, and property owners partnered to revitalize a single commercial block for a weekend.

Since that time, Better Block projects have spread around the world. These volunteer-based projects, often referred to as “living charettes” or even “Extreme Home Makeover for cities,” create on a temporary basis the infrastructure improvements, business mix, amenities, and programming that residents would like to see on a more permanent basis.

By creating a vision of what could be, Better Block projects have rallied the public demand necessary to change city ordinance, generate permanent infrastructure improvements, and attract new businesses.

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