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NEW New Ken Better Block
April 10, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
You are invited to help create a NEW New Ken Better Block!
- Thursday, April 9th: Meet and Greet Reception (5-6pm) followed by Public Input Carrette (6-7:30pm)
- Friday April 10th: Walking Charrette (9-11am) followed by Charrette Luncheon with Keynote by Andrew Howard (11:30am-2pm)
- Saturday, May 2nd: Join in the discussion with Andrew Howard and Indiana University of Pennsylvania students as they pull together the design for the NEW New Kensington Better Block
“Better Block” projects started in April, 2010, when a group of community organizers, neighbors, and property owners gathered together to revitalize a single commercial block in an underused neighborhood corridor. The area was filled with vacant properties, wide streets, and few amenities for people who lived within walking distance.
The group brought together all of the resources from the community and converted the block into a walkable, bikeable neighborhood destination for people of all ages complete with bike lanes, cafe seating, trees, plants, pop-up businesses, and lighting.
The project was developed to show the city how the block could be revived and improve area safety, health, and economics if ordinances that restricted small business and multi-modal infrastructure were removed. Since that time, Better Block projects have been developed throughout the World with many of the temporary infrastructure improvements and businesses made permanent…