The poster at right is for what could be the best Better Block event yet, scheduled to take place in and around the parking lot of R.L.'s Blues Palace No. 2 in the shadow of Fair Park -- an institution. Jason Roberts, QB for Team Better Block, says there are several choirs lined up to perform -- "pretty massive" ones too, "and it should be pretty awesome." Among those confirmed: the Cornerstone Baptist Church and the Men of Nehemiah. Providing the barbecue will be Eva's House of BBQ. He and his crew will prep the area by ridding the surrounding medians of weeds and doing some graffiti remediation; says Roberts, "Carolyn Davis wants Grand to be her Complete Street."
But so happens it's only one of nine Complete Steets events scheduled to take place between November 8 and December 3 scattered all over the city -- from Northwest (at the Wilshire State Bank Training Building on Royal, near Stemmons) to South to East (at the Lake Highlands Freshman Center on White Rock Trail) to West (in Oak Cliff, site of the W. Davis Street Community Walk, and on Fort Worth Avenue, separate events at the end of the run). There will also be an event November 14 at the Nasher Sculpture Center, and another one in Far North Dallas at Brentfield Elemenary. Come one, come all.
These are the so-called pilot programs abut which Peer Chacko, second-in-command at Sustainable Development, spoke to Unfair Park about back in June. These spots were chosen, he told us then, because these are the "streets and locations where we have reason to believe we can implement physical changes, either because there's bond money available or it's going to be part of a future bond program or there's some TIF project associated." So it's not willy or nilly.
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Says Theresa O'Donnell, director of Sustainable Development and Construction, each event will feature a workshop providing further info about Complete Streets, and at the Grand and Davis events, "we will be taking the workshop to the street, so people can experience street activity and tell us what they think in a real world environment. We want people to show us how to make our streets work better."