Better Block Information
Copley Road Better Block – May 24-25, 2019
The Summit County Think Tank Coalition and Progressive Alliance CDC have partnered with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to bring a Better Block initiative to West Akron on May 24-25, 2019. The project will focus on Copley Road between Frederick Boulevard and South Hawkins Avenue.
The Better Block has implemented projects in and around the Cleveland/Akron area, including the North Hill, Middlebury, Kenmore, Cuyahoga Falls, Barberton, Euclid, and Slavic Village neighborhoods. The organization also owns and operates the Exchange House, a community center in the North Hill neighborhood.
For more information about this event, check out the Better Block website.
Past Better Block events
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 Escalys Retrospect Escalys Recommendations 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.