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Church Hill North Better Block is going to be kind of amazing

June 10, 2014 8:15 am by

Richmond’s first Better Block Project in Church Hill North kicks off at 5:00 PM on Friday, June 13 and runs through 3:00 PM on Saturday, June 14, and will temporarily transform a city block into a walkable, bikeable, vibrant place for people to gather, shop, eat, and socialize.

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FRIDAY JUNE 13

East End Economic Summit
Robinson Theater Community Arts Center (2903 Q Street)
3:00 – 5:00 PM

Organized by Bon Secours Richmond Health System, the East End Economic Summit is a progress update about East End economic development and revitalization.

Along with Bon Secours Richmond Health System, the City of Richmond, the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority, The Community Builders, Capital One, Mayor Dwight Jones and Richmond City Councilwoman Cynthia Newbille will participate. Jason Roberts, founder of The Better Block, will deliver the keynote address, ‘What is our Urban Legacy?’

Additional speakers include:

  • Dwight C. Jones, Mayor, City of Richmond
  • Cynthia Newbille, Councilwoman, 7th District, Richmond City Council
  • Peter J. Bernard, CEO, Bon Secours Virginia Health System
  • Adrienne Goolsby, CEO, Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority
  • Bart Mitchell, CEO, The Community Builders
  • Steve Gannon, Central Virginia Market President, Capital One

Church Hill North Better Block Project Launch Party
5:00 – 9:00 PM

Friday’s festivities will include:

  • Food truck court featuring local vendors and the Bon Secours Class-A-Roll mobile kitchen
  • Street performers from The Great Busk at the temporary outdoor theater at N. 25th St. and Venable St.
  • Pop-up shops along the 1000 block of N. 25th Street, and farmers market plazas with vendors at N. 25th Street and P Street, and N. 25th Street and Carrington Street
  • Enhanced streetscapes including parklets, new temporary crosswalks and bike lanes, and outdoor public gathering spaces
  • Public paintings, murals, and other art installations throughout the Better Block area provided by local artists, including Hamilton Glass, James Thornhill, and Ben Larsen.
  • Public showing of Disney’s animated hit movie Frozen at N. 25th Street and Nine Mile Road (8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.)

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SATURDAY JUNE 14

Church Hill North Better Block Project Day 2
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Saturday’s festivities will include:

  • 9:00 a.m.: Inaugural Better Block 5k – intersection of N. 25th Street and P Street (walk-up registration begins at 7:30 a.m.)
  • Food truck court
  • 10:00 a.m.: Partnership for Smarter Growth Community Walk and Talk along N. 25th Street (begins at East End Public Library, 1200 N. 25th Street)
  • Musical performances by local artists No BS! Brass Band (10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) and Chkn Grese (1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.) at the outdoor stage at N. 25th Street and Venable Street
  • Pop-up shops along the 1000 block of N. 25th Street, and farmers market plazas with vendors at N. 25th Street and P Street, and N. 25th Street and Carrington Street
  • Enhanced streetscapes including parklets, new temporary crosswalks and bike lanes, and outdoor public gathering spaces
  • Public paintings, murals, and other art installations throughout the Better Block area provided by local artists, including Hamilton Glass, James Thornhill, and Ben Larsen.

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