Go OakCliff! How Citizen Activists Can Remake a City!

November 1, 2012 7 comments Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article

This is not the first time that we have featured a story about the remarkable work of the Go Oak Cliff group, but this is the first TedTalk that features how their achievements were led by a few neighborhood activists. Watch the video and see if you cant draw immediate parallels to Jacksonville's historic urban districts. Fantastic video after the jump.....

Opposite to the 'top down' concept of urban design is BETTER BLOCK, founded in Dallas' Oak Cliff by Jason Roberts and Andrew Howard. The Better Block project is a demonstration tool that temporarily re-visions an area to show the potential to create a walkable, vibrant, neighborhood center. The idea and the charrettes to realize it have quickly spread to cities like Memphis, St. Louis, New York, and Boston. National media coverage includes NPR, the Washington Post, and the New York Times.

For more community group resources check out a listing of groups like metrojacksonville and Go OakCliff!

Also check out some of our prior coverage of Go OakCliff's do it yourself town square:

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