Innovative Better Block movement comes to Newark

Better Block Newark coming to Bergen Street

Tamera at Newark Pulse highlights a new planning effort taking place to overhaul one of the city blocks on Bergen Street.

Newark is hosting their first “Better Block” event to breathe life into the Bergen Street commercial corridor. This project is part of the Better Block movement, which started in Dallas – it temporarily revisions an area to show its potential to create a vibrant, neighborhood center.

The City of Newark has partnered with community groups and NJIT architecture students to temporarily transform the physical space of a city block on Bergen Street so the community can see and experience what a redeveloped Bergen Street could be. The event will be June 6, from 12-6pm (rain date of June 7).

From the Better Block Newark About page of their website:

The Better Block model is about immediate, highly visible and grassroots-based project that transform a block and eventually a neighborhood. Better Block: Bergen Street will take 1-2 block(s) of Bergen Street and give it a make-over. This is a collaborative effort that will involve residents, business owners, local artists, contractors, entrepreneurs and city officials.

It seems like the city is onto something with this approach.

Author: Ken Walker

Husband, Father, Newarker, PCA Elder, Business Analyst. In a glass case of emotion since 1978.

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