News Release

Better Block Founder Jason Roberts to Visit Lafayette
Posted: 5/1/2014 9:00 AM
 


Lafayette, LA-- Lafayette Consolidated Government and ReCover Acadiana have partnered to bring Better Block founder Jason Roberts to Lafayette. 

 

Lafayette Consolidated 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 community.

This event will be a fun and celebratory one to symbolically hand off Lafayette’s Comprehensive Plan to the Planning Commission.

 

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 Radio.

 

About PlanLafayette

PlanLafayette 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. 

 

In 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 community activities.

 

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.