Building Better Blocks in RVA

Blocks that attract people from all over to gather, shop, and socialize are Better Blocks. They invite us to slow down and stay a while. Rather than being a “through” place, they become a “to” place.

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Changing neighborhoods doesn’t happen overnight, so Active RVA is starting with temporary Better Block Projects that retrofit neighborhoods for a weekend and inspire change for the long-haul.

The first Better Block Project is going up in North Church Hill this summer – June 13th and 14th.

Initial partners for this project include Team Better Block, the Sports Backers, Bon Secours Richmond Health System, the City of Richmond, Groundwork RVA, Storefront for Community Design, Partnership for Smarter Growth, and community leaders. This partnership continues to grow, and Church Hill businesses, residents, and organizations are encouraged to play a role in making this a success.

We’ll be transforming the stretch of N 25th St between P and R St into a walkable, bikeable, place for everyone to enjoy, complete with “pop-up” businesses and comfortable gathering spaces. Though this transformation is temporary in nature, it’s done with a focus on what can be made more permanent in the near future.

Interested in volunteering, opening a pop up shop, building some street art? We build Better Blocks as full communities and our best ideas come from individuals with vision, passion, and a willingness to step up and give this thing a shot.

Check out the RVA Better Block group on Facebook to stay up to date on all the planning and events leading up to the June Better Block weekend.