The block heard round the world.
Go Oak Cliff finally wrapped-up the video outlining the Better Block event and posted to their site. View it to see how the new non-profit along with residents and members of BFOC took a street that was dominated by cars, and converted it to a place for pedestrians, bicyclists, and cafes. Since the corner lacked development due to its pre-war form being stripped in the 1970’s to a car-only design, activists created a temporary coffee shop, gift/flower market, and kids art studio to show the type of community based businesses that could develop if people were given adequate walkable/bikeable access from the surrounding neighborhoods.
We’ve just gotten word that the event is starting to go viral nationally with Transit Miami picking up the story yesterday.
And how exactly successful was the Better Block? Immediately after the project, Dallas transportation staff have begun looking at making many of the changes permanent, Go Oak Cliff is being asked to recreate the Better Block in two other cities in Texas to help showcase the potential for revitalizing their respective areas, and Congress for New Urbanism will feature the event at their 18th annual exposition in Atlanta.
More press surrounding the event can be found here: