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Better Block Community Walk + Talk set for March

I am writing to inform you of a very exciting development coming to the East End this summer called the North Church Hill Better Block Project, and to ask for your participation. There have been hundreds of Better Block projects all across the world in the last few years and we are very fortunate to have the opportunity to bring this experience to Richmond in June of this year.

The Better Block project is designed to build on the success of existing businesses, historical structures, and previous planning processes to transform a city block into a walkable, bikeable place for everyone to enjoy, complete with “pop-up” businesses and comfortable gathering spaces. This transformation is temporary in nature with a focus on what can be made more permanent in the near future.

The North Church Hill Better Block Project must be a community partnership if it going to be successful and it takes several months of planning with everyone on board. Though we have partners – Bon Secours, the City of Richmond, and the Sports Backers – the process has not officially started yet and we want you involved from the start.

Please join us for our kick-off Community Walk + Talk with Team Better Block on the evening of Wednesday, March 12. We’ll meet at 6 PM at the corner of N 25th St and Venable St (map) for a community walk-through of the project area, followed by a presentation and community discussion at the Robinson Theater (map) at 7:15 PM.

Please click here for more information and to RSVP. And feel free to share with anyone you think would be interested in attending. The flyer for the event is pasted below and can be downloaded from the website (we’ll be distributing throughout the neighborhood this week).

I hope you can join us on March 12. Please don’t hesitate to contact me directly with any questions.


Max Hepp-Buchanan
Director of Bike Walk RVA
Sports Backers
100 Avenue of Champions
Richmond, VA 23230
Cell: (804) 625-6120
Office: (804) 285-9495 x251


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Next Friend 02/17/2014 at 4:48 PM

I hope the culture of acceptance of the public addiction propped up by predatory corner stores and the bunker ABC store will be part of this conversation. It’s otherwise a futile exercise.

Richard 02/17/2014 at 7:51 PM

Sounds great, a chance to exercise, meet neighbors, and talk the walk!


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