[Ok-sus] Better Block OKC This Weekend!
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Mon May 14 12:27:36 CDT 2012
Better Block OKC May 18th 6pm-10pm May 19th 10am-6pm
Better Block OKC Transforms City Block for One Weekend
*Event Date/Time:* Friday, May 18th 6-10pm/ Saturday, May 19th 10am-6pm
*Event Location:* NW 7th/ Hudson, Oklahoma City, OK
*More Info:* www.betterblockokc.com
What would happen if a sleepy downtown block was transformed into a
thriving hub of activity for just one weekend? An event called Better Block
OKC will show what is possible with community volunteers taking over a
block for one weekend.
Better Block OKC, presented by ULI Oklahoma, is a community revitalization
project that temporarily demonstrates how to improve a street with
pedestrian and public infrastructure mixed with art, culture, pop-up
businesses and street life. Inspired by a national movement of what has
been dubbed “tactical urbanism”, Better Block projects have been taking
over in cities such as Dallas, Phillidelphia, and San Antonio.
Though comprehensive planning projects are often necessary for
developments, the cost, scale, and long-range timelines associated with
these initiatives can often lead to a loss in project momentum. Instead,
Better Block OKC aims to create quick, inexpensive, high-impact changes
that exhibit permanent solutions for areas in OKC.
"Hopefully, people will realize that streets can be great places, if we
will let them. We just need to give the community the space and
opportunity to make it happen" says ULI Oklahoma Officer Blair Humphreys.
Better Block OKC will transform NW 7th & Hudson May 18-19. Benches, bike
racks, planters, cafe tables...even a pop up dog park have been created by
volunteers in the community to show off just how great this block can be.
Pop up businesses including home decor, a flower shop, news stand, and
street food vendors will compliment the existing mix of restaurant, coffee
shop, yoga studio and surrounding businesses.The event will be a living
demonstration of how community involvement can transform the vitality of a
About 30 volunteers have been working for weeks planning and creating the
additions for the block and are excited to show the city how just how great
it could be. Friday night, the event will be held in conjunction with the
“H n 8th” monthly food trailer walk, and the event continues from 10am-6pm
on Saturday. The public is encouraged to come stroll the street, visit
businesses, bring their families, dogs and bikes to enjoy the street life
and experience what a better block can be!
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