Better Block Keynote
Authority, founder of the original Better Block Project, and co-founder of Art Conspiracy and Bike Friendly Oak Cliff. In 2006, Jason formed the non-profit organization Oak Cliff Transit Authority to revive the Dallas streetcar system, and later spearheaded the city’s effort in garnering a $23 Million dollar TIGER stimulus grant from the FTA to help reintroduce a modern streetcar system to Dallas. In 2010, Jason organized a series of “Better Block” projects, taking blighted blocks with vacant properties in Southern Dallas and converting them into temporary walkable districts with pop-up businesses, bike lanes, cafe seating, and landscaping. The project has now become an international movement and has been featured in the New York Times, Dwell magazine, TED Talks and on NPR. Team Better Block was showcased in the US Pavilion at the 2012 Venice Biennale.
Come hear Jason Roberts’ energetic presentation about how to create “Better Blocks” in your community on April 26 at 6:30 pm. During this event, we’ll learn about tactical and systemic ways of impacting public space and how to identify rapid redevelopment potential. We’ll hear examples of how to leverage a community’s assets to turn them into quick win opportunities and ways we can drive change in our communities. Better Block’s approach is to encourage us to stop waiting around and give quick action ideas to make change happen. They use rapid prototyping initiatives to advance the development of livable neighborhoods and leverage the strengths of local community resources to catalyze change at a fraction of the cost of traditional planning initiatives.
Funded by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.