Save the Date: November 29th – Jason Roberts at Cascade Theatre
SAVE THE DATE – 6:30pm Thursday, November 29th
Build a Better Block: Jason Roberts on Improving Your Community
Cascade Theatre 6:30-7:30pm Thursday, November 29th (we encourage everyone to enjoy dinner downtown after!)
Join The McConnell Foundation and community partners as we learn from Jason Roberts, founder of the Better Blocks Project.
Hear concrete examples of how other cities have temporarily re-envisioned a single block in order to show the potential for a more walkable, vibrant neighborhood.
Enjoy a 45 minute talk by this funny, smart & energetic speaker, followed by brief Q&A. The event is free, but ticketed through the Cascade Theatre. Stay tuned for ticket link on the Cascade Theatre webpage.
About Jason: In 2006, Jason formed the nonprofit organization, Oak Cliff Transit Authority, to revive the Dallas streetcar system, and later spearheaded the city’s effort in garnering a $23 million grant from the federal government to help reintroduce a modern streetcar system to Dallas. In 2010, Jason organized a series of Better Block projects, taking blighted blocks with vacant properties in Dallas and converting them into temporary, walkable districts with pop-up businesses, bike lanes, cafe seating, and landscaping. The project has become an open-sourced international movement occurring everywhere from Melbourne, Australia to Tehran, Iran, and has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Dwell Magazine. Jason has received a Champions of Change award from the U.S. White House, showcased in the 2012 Venice Biennale, and was listed in Planetizen‘s Top 100 Most Influential Urbanists. We are delighted he will join us at the Cascade Theatre on one of Redding’s own “Better Blocks.”
For a sense of what to expect, enjoy this 18 minute TEDx talk: