Better Block of Dallas

May 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

It’s true, Dallas isn’t in the Midwest. But Better Block is an idea that can be implemented anywhere. And it has… in St. Louis and Tulsa, to name just two place closer to home. It starts with an ugly block. It ends with a vibrant community.

Straight from the horse’s mouth:

Cities around the U.S. are looking for tools to help redevelop communities that enable multi-modal transportation while increasing economic development, and reducing carbon emissions. The “Better Block” project is a demonstration tool that acts as a living charrette so that communities can actively engage in the buildout process and provide feedback in real time.

I had to look up the definition of charrette. According to Wikipedia, “The word charrette may refer to any collaborative session in which a group of designers drafts a solution to a design problem.” Perhaps the coolest thing about the Better Block blog is that they’ve actually got a how-to page that describes what to do to Better a Block in your city. Looks like our work is cut out for us…

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