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Jason Roberts - Better Block Foundation

  • McGlohon Theatre at Spirit Square 345 North College Street Charlotte, NC, 28202 United States (map)

by Building Community : People and Places and Partner Series

Jason Roberts is the founder of the Oak Cliff Transit Authority, an originator of the Better Block Project, and co-founder of the Art Conspiracy and Bike Friendly Oak Cliff.

The Better Block project started in April 2010, when a group of community organizers, neighbors, and property owners gathered to revitalize a single commercial block in an underutilized neighborhood corridor. The group brought together common supplies to convert the block into a walkable & bikeable destination with bike lanes, cafe seating, trees, plants, pop-up businesses, and lighting intent to demonstrate how the block could be revived to improve safety, health, and economics.

Jason's focus on revitalizing neighborhoods was recognized with a Champions of Change award from the White House in 2012. Jason’s consulting firm, Better Block Foundation, has been widely recognized, including being showcased at the United States Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Better Block projects have since been developed throughout the world with many of the temporary infrastructure improvements and businesses made permanent.

Join us to hear Jason's story, get inspired and learn how to apply Better Block techniques in your neighborhood.

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