Better Block

Staff is currently working with the Better Block Foundation on placemaking initiatives across the County.

The Better Block Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Dallas, Texas. It aims to " educate, equip, and empower communities and their leaders to reshape and reactivate built environments." These practices promote the growth of healthy and vibrant neighborhoods.

The Foundation will provide the County a 20-foot modified shipping container for placemaking. The container will be a pop-up kiosk and marketing tool in selected locations. Along with the container, street furniture, signage, and lighting are provided. The Foundation is working with local community organizations to identify places and uses for these kiosks.

As part of this process, the Section is working with Better Block to:

  • survey community members;
  • hold kickoff and explanatory meetings to educate the community and select ‘block captains’ to act as lead volunteers; and
  • develop digital and print material on the initiative.

We are aware of the continued effects of COVID-19. All Better Block events have been postponed until later in 2021, pending a safe return to public gatherings and events.

Our forthcoming community meetings are virtual, in light of the continued pandemic.

Learn more about the Better Block Foundation here.

  1. Christina Hartsfield

    Planner Coordinator
    Phone: 301-952-3410

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