I forgot to include this as part of the previous entry, so it gets its own. I like the idea of doing a district, rather than one building.
From the Neighborhood Design Center
Mount Rainier Better Block Project
April 9, 12noon - 6pm
Join us, and hundreds of community members and partners, as we turn a half-vacant commercial block in Mount Rainier into a vibrant "Main Street" with outdoor cafes, performers, local vendors, and art installations. The goal of the project is to show the economic potential of 34th Street while energizing the community. The event is inspired by the Better Block Project in Oak Cliff, Texas.
We are looking for volunteers, vendors, artists, and performers for the event. For more information visit our Events page, Better Block Facebook page, or contact John Flippo at 301-779-6010.
Again, a big factor in reanimating space has to do with the cost of the space--it's all about the rents and what you can do and what you can't. In DC, commercial rents are so high even in low-in-demand areas that the ability to innovate at the level of a neighborhood commercial district is often crippled.
But there are still ways to be creative.Parking Day in St. Louis, 2008. Original source unknown.
Labels: civic engagement, commercial district revitalization, neighborhood change, neighborliness