Better Block 2013
Better Block OKC announces OKC Farmers’ Market District as 2013 Site Location
After the success May 2012’s Better Block OKC event on NW 7th and Hudson, event organizers are using the momentum to highlight another prime area for revitalization. Better Block OKC has chosen the Farmers’ Market District on SW 2nd and Klein Avenue for their second event to be held the weekend of May 4th, 2013.
Better Block OKC, presented by the ULI Oklahoma District Council, is a community revitalization project that temporarily demonstrates how to improve a street with pedestrian and public infrastructure mixed with art, culture, pop-up businesses and street life. Inspired by a national movement of what has been dubbed “tactical urbanism”, Better Block projects have been taking over in cities such as Dallas, Philadelphia, and San Antonio.
Though comprehensive planning projects are often necessary for developments, the cost, scale, and long-range timelines associated with these initiatives can often lead to a loss in project momentum. Instead, Better Block OKC aims to create quick, inexpensive, high-impact changes that exhibit permanent solutions for areas in OKC. This year, the group will be installing concepts and ideas in the Farmer’s Market District.
The Farmer’s Market location was selected by event volunteers and ULI Oklahoma.
“Our volunteers recognized the potential for the area to be revived once again as a public market”, said event Co-Chair Kristen Vails. That vision is complemented by the historic buildings that line the district, and the local businesses that have invested in the area in recent years, including Urban Agrarian and the Farmers’ Public Market venue.
“We first worked with Urban Agrarian during last year’s Better Block OKC event where they were a vendor. We are looking forward to helping them improve their home district now,” said Allison Barta Bailey, event co-chair. “Our volunteers’ enthusiasm and the support from stakeholders in the area will be good ingredients for the project.”
The event relies on the support of volunteers dedicated to brainstorming, building and installing projects on the street.
When you click on this link, you will be able to select that you are interested in volunteer updates, sponsorship information or general event information. Our first volunteer meeting is February 5th, 6pm at Urban Agrarian in the Farmers’ Market District— details will be sent through our volunteer email updates, so don’t forget to sign up.