Lafayette, LA-- Lafayette
Consolidated Government and ReCover Acadiana have partnered to bring Better
Block founder Jason Roberts to Lafayette.
Government and ReCover Acadiana will host a public event on Tuesday, May 20 at
5:30 p.m. at the Lafayette Science Museum. The guest speaker will be Jason
Roberts, founder of Better Block, a nationally-recognized organization
that helps to redevelop portions of cities across the country. Jason’s use of
public space and planning strategies, otherwise known as tactical urbanism,
strive to improve the quality of life in towns and cities one block at a time.
The event will serve two
purposes. Attendees will be able to hear from Jason Roberts less than two
weeks before Lafayette’s own Better Block project, scheduled for Saturday, May
31 on Bertrand Drive. In addition, LCG officials will “hand off” the Comprehensive
Plan—also called PlanLafayette—to the Planning Commission in a celebratory
atmosphere. The Planning Commission is currently scheduled to consider
the plan at its June 10 meeting. Registration is free and recommended to
guarantee a space (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jason-roberts-and-the-lafayette-planning-commission-tickets-11472357129).
ReCover Acadiana partnered
with LCG to bring Roberts to Lafayette and will host several chances for 705
members to participate while Jason is in town. ReCover Acadiana is an
organization that was created from members of the705 and works on small
restoration and beautification projects to improve the region. They are
also committed to hosting community events for community leaders and citizens
interested in redevelopment and improving the quality of life in their
This event will be a fun and
celebratory one to symbolically hand off Lafayette’s Comprehensive Plan to the
About Jason Roberts
In 2010, Jason organized a
series of “Better Block” projects in southern Dallas in which blighted blocks
with vacant properties were converted into temporary walkable districts with
pop-up businesses, bike lanes, café seating and landscaping. The hope was that
these short-term Better Block events would precipitate long-term change for the
respective communities. The project has now become an international movement
occurring everywhere from Melbourne, Australia to Tehran, Iran and has been
featured in the New York Times, Dwell magazine, TED Talks and National Public
is the culmination of more than two years of a parish-wide comprehensive
planning process. The plan is scheduled to go before the Planning
Commission for adoption on Tuesday, June 10.
February, LCG partnered with several community organizations to host a week of
PlanLafayette activities to familiarize residents on the plan’s recommended
action items. More than 2,000 people participated in the various
About Better Block
Cities around the U.S. are
looking for tools to help redevelop communities that enable multi-modal
transportation while increasing economic development. The “Better Block”
project is a demonstration tool that acts as a living charrette so that
communities can actively engage in the buildout process and provide feedback in
real time. Better Block, the organization, is dedicated to providing news,
information, and utilities to help cities develop their own Better Block
projects and to create a resource for best practices.
About Recover Acadiana
ReCover Acadiana is the
newest philanthropic initiative of the705, Young Leaders for a Better
Acadiana. ReCover focuses on beautification and blight remediation projects
in and around Lafayette.
The ReCover movement hopes
to inspire members of the Acadiana community to take pride in its physical spaces,
recognizing areas for potential improvement, and empowering individuals to
action. It is our goal to instill a feeling of ownership within this community
that we all call home.
After all, we work here, we
live here, and we play here. A place left blighted, sends the message that a
place is not loved. ReCover sets out to show love to our community through
creative community collaboration to reinvent blighted areas as new cultural
assets that also demonstrate our love of Acadiana.
For more information contact Kevin Blanchard at 291-8012.