"Bring people together,
show us what’s possible,
test out new ideas, &
inspire lasting change."
Parkland Plaza | Summer 2019
Better Block Louisville re-imagines a neighborhood block using low cost interventions, designed by the community.
Community-centered programming, arts performances, shopping, and more are included to highlight the culture and unique identity of a local neighborhood. Center For Neighborhoods staff work closely with residents and neighborhood stakeholders, for many months, to support the community in designing, building, and creating their Better Block vision.
This is part of a movement. Jason Roberts, the founder of Better Block Foundation, spoke at Center For Neighborhoods' Neighborhood Summit in 2016. Through community-led design, Better Block is a tool communities all over the world are using to make streets safer and their neighborhoods thrive. Read more at their website!
Transforming Spaces for Social Distancing
Cities all over the country are reopening after months of COVID-19 lock down. Public health and safety will be important for building back. As local retail and businesses face new challenges post-pandemic, it's time for all of us to re-think the status quo. Let's reimagine public spaces using the assets we already have: simple materials, individual skills, and relationships. Read more on our blog!
Parkland Neighborhood residents and small businesses came together to reimagine a vacant parking lot in their historic town center. Today, we are organizing and building a permanent civic plaza that will serve all area residents. Read the announcement here describing the collaborative partnerships and grant award from Partners for Places. And visit The Parkland Plaza to be part of the movement.
Download the project report to find out more about the project's outcomes as of June 2019
Beechmont neighbors worked together to build improvements for Better Block Louisville 2018 on Woodlawn Avenue.
To see how the work on Woodlawn transitioned to long-term community organizing and a corridor plan, visit the Woodlawn Avenue page here.
Better Block Shelby Park: From May 11-13, 2017 community partners and residents came together to reinvigorate the Oak and Logan Streets in the Shelby Park. A temporary bike lane, traffic calming, a green space, street trees were paired with art installations, music, food, a market, and CycLouvia to bring people together and show off all the great things about Shelby Park neighborhood.