What is Build A Better Block? (betterblock.org)

An urban design exhibit, demonstrating how temporary street improvements, pop-up businesses, culture, & street life can improve community connection and local commerce.

Fort Lauderdale will be installing it's first Better Block project on June 16, 2012, joining other cities across the U.S. in re-imagining their city streets. 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 FTL aims to create quick, inexpensive, high-impact changes that exhibit permanent solutions for areas in Fort Lauderdale.

Better Block FTL is organized by Cadence, the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Florida Atlantic University and FAT Village Arts District. Other collaborators include Flagler Village Civic Association, Radio-Active Records, Public Image Vintage, C&I Studios, Artist Luke Jenkins, Zahn Development, Hooper Development, Urban Matters, Helium Creative, Fort Lauderdale DDA, Fort Lauderdale Northwest CRA, and the City of Fort Lauderdale.

What's happening:

DJs on the block all day -

Mikey R. (Radio Active Records)
Esoteric (JAMS)
Blue (Laser Wolf)
Kems (Hoverock Records)
Sensitive Side (No Jacket Required)
Damask (JAMS)

-Build your own Terrarium!
-Interactive Art (Sculpture, Painting, Chalk Art)
-Live T-shirt Screen Printing from Iron Forge Press!
w/Custom graphic designs by Richard Vergez of
Radio-Active Records!
-Critical Mass Ride Through!
-Fresh food Cooking Demonstration!
-TOMS shoes "Design your own sole" party!
-Mini Dog Park & grooming stand for your pups!

What to eat & drink:

-Pop up Crepes Stand
-Juice/Snack Bar
-Vegan Cupcakes
-Food Trucks
-Homegrown Vegetable Stirfry

Where to shop:
(each business will have a pop-up stand for the day)

Radio Active Records
Public Image
Living Foods Produce
GardenWorks Pottery
Fresh Flowers Stand
Reclaimed Custom Furniture
Decades Vintage Furniture
Sea and Shore Apparel
Fresh Foods Market

Stay tuned for updates and a calendar of events for volunteers leading up to the launch!

Contact: betterblockFTL@cadence-living.com

Thank you for your support! We hope to see you June 16th!
- The Better Block FTL Team

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