On June 16, 2011 Better Block Fort Lauderdale is hosting a one-day event that will illustrate how ordinary streets can be transformed into great public spaces. The Better Block event will be located in FATVillage Arts District, on the 500 Block of NW 1st Avenue. Better Block FTL collaborators include Cadence, FAU School of Urban and Regional Planning, FATVillage Arts District, Flagler Village Civic Association, C&I Studios, Urban Matters, and the City of Fort Lauderdale.
“This one day event will bring urban design to life. Visitors will experience first hand how improvements to the street can enhance their social encounters,” said Co-Founder of Cadence and Gage Couch. “We want to show Fort Lauderdale there is creative community that is actively looking for more places downtown to spend their time and set up their businesses.” said Co-Founder of Cadence and Landscape Architect, Rebecca Bradley. The goal of Better Block is to Demonstrate, Educate, and Connect. Through the use of vegetation, reorganized sidewalk space, public art, “pop-up” businesses, and live music, the block will be transformed into a lively, functional urban street.
“Culturally, we seem to have forgotten that city streets are more than conduits for traffic. They are public spaces. Streets are where people meet, interact, and take part in the fabric of city life,” says Eric Dumbaugh, FAU’s Director of Urban and Regional Planning. Better Block originated in Oak Cliff, TX by creators Jason Roberts and Andrew Howard. Now, Fort Lauderdale will join other cities including Dallas, Oklahoma City, and Philadelphia in using tactical urbanism and volunteer support to revitalize a city block.
“Flagler Village Civic Association is excited to support Better Block FTL,” says Venessa Santiago, Civic
Association President. “This project will put Fort Lauderdale on the map with other large cities seeking
grassroots urban revitalization and we are happy to pitch in and show that FVCA’s members are about
If interested in volunteering time, funds, or resources towards this community event, please email