Better Block Information
On September 1 and 2, the City of Akron will hold its 3rd Better Block in the Kenmore neighborhood. The two-day event will take place from 5-10pm on Friday, September 1 and 12-5pm on Saturday, September 2, 2017.
Through a neighborhood survey and multiple discussions, residents, property owners, and the public will see Kenmore Boulevard transformed into a walkable, bikeable, and enjoyable place for everyone. On-street parking, bike lanes, and parklets will temporarily take up space that is used for driving, narrowing Kenmore Boulevard to one lane in each direction. Pop-up shops and outdoor music in addition to the road diet will give the neighborhood an idea what Kenmore Boulevard can become.
For more information, please visit www.betterkenmore.org .
On May 15, 16, and 17 of 2015, Akron’s North Hill neighborhood held a Better Block event at Temple Square to demonstrate what the intersection and vacant buildings could become. The result was a 3 day event that brought out hundreds of people and transformed a once quiet spot into a vibrant gathering place for people of all ages. The success of the event has excited many people in the Akron area to consider what other locations should be “Better Block-ed”. AMATS has created this page to provide anyone interested in taking on this type of community event with information and to share the knowledge of lessons learned from this initial event.
Better Block website
Akron Better Block website
Better Block facebook and twitter
North Hill Better Block Short Term Outcomes
On July 30 and 31, 2016, Akron hosted its second Better Block at the location of Akron’s first settlement: Middlebury. The Middlebury Better Block included food trucks, a stage, a wading pool and jungle gym for kids, and, among many other things, bike lanes. The bike lanes were permanently installed as a result of the demonstration. Although it rained for much of the weekend, the Middlebury Better Block was another success for the community.