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Better Block New Orleans

Friday, November 7, 2014
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
2836 LaSalle Street, New Orleans, LA

The New Orleans Metropolitan Association of REALTORS® will be partnering with the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority and Harmony Neighborhood Development and several other community organizations to hold a Better Block Build on Friday, 11/7/14.   The Better Block planning was funded, in part, with the REALTOR® Party Smart Growth Grant.   

Better Block is a tool where communities engage in a temporary, short-term (usually 1–2 days) build-out process to show the potential of a one to two block area in need of revitalization.  Ideas for a Better Block project could include creating pop-up businesses, installing seating areas and planters, inviting local musicians to play and artists to paint, temporarily changing traffic patterns and parking, and making the block more people- and bike-friendly.  The New Orleans Better Block is exploring all of these ideas.

The historic Dew Drop Inn, which has seen much better days, will be one of the central targets of the Better Block Build.  The hopes are that local musicians will come to play at the Better Block in support of the Dew Drop Inn’s planned comeback.  If so, you will not want miss this.  More later.

Here is what the site on Lasalle Street looks like. We can’t wait to see how it will be transformed for the Better Block.

We encourage our state and local REALTOR® associations, as well as our commercial members, to come to this Better Block event to see if this is something that could work in your community to help revitalize a downtown or commercial corridor. 

Here’s two short videos that sum up a Better Block:

Read more about Better Block, including a post on Better Block New Orleans by Kelli Walker, NOMAR’s GAD,  in Spaces to Places,  NAR’s Placemaking Blog.

NAR will be providing bus transit from the Convention Center to the site. Here is the schedule:

Depart Convention Center  Depart Lasalle Street for Convention Center  Departs Lasalle for GAD Reception
5:00 pm 5:30 pm 5:45 pm
6:00 pm 6:30 pm 6:15 pm
7:00 pm 7:30 pm 6:45 pm

If you plan on attending the Better Block and taking the bus, please email Holly Moskerintz at hmoskerintz@realtors.org.   We want to make sure we can accommodate everyone. 

See you in New Orleans.   Laissez les bons temps rouler!

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