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

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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Scott Tilghman
Scott Tilghman
6 years ago

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Kristian Havard
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mattrock
mattrock
6 years ago

Definitely going on my calendar!

mattrock
mattrock
6 years ago

Definitely going on my calendar! http://t.co/PUQwQKkLzM

DonMarkRVA
DonMarkRVA
6 years ago

Church Hill North Better Block is going to be kind of amazing. #RVA http://t.co/tU7Yi4eXXm

chpn
chpn
6 years ago

Frozen this Friday at 25th and Nine Mile http://t.co/eHy3usRaOX http://t.co/3tEtxfkhXr

BikeWalkRVA
BikeWalkRVA
6 years ago

Yep, kind of awesome…. http://t.co/yjK9YRTqTs

Emily Monroe
Emily Monroe
6 years ago

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jmurden
jmurden
6 years ago

RT @chpn: Church Hill North Better Block Project is going to be kind of awesome http://t.co/NQyJmHiRnw

utensilitis
utensilitis
6 years ago

RT @chpn: Church Hill North Better Block Project is going to be kind of awesome http://t.co/NQyJmHiRnw

Chrissy Schlegel
Chrissy Schlegel
6 years ago

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Gretta
Gretta
6 years ago

I’m sorry, I still don’t get it. It ALREADY is a walkable place for people to gather, shop, eat, and socialize. Just now for different people? Or just more people, including all the people who hang out there already?

Ashley Hefner
Ashley Hefner
6 years ago

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Jennifer Groppuso
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Tom Whitt
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Jennifer Elsner
Jennifer Elsner
6 years ago

#understatement

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Jennifer Elsner
6 years ago

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Stephen J. Popovich
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Next Friend
Next Friend
6 years ago

Anyone indignant about this good project has no idea what exactly normally goes on around 25th and Venable.

Houdon
Houdon
6 years ago

I wonder if anyone has engaged Virginia ABC?

Eva
Eva
6 years ago

Is no one realizing what an effing trick pony show this is for the city council, Bon Secours, and our Grand Master Dwight Jones? “Oh, hey Church Hill.. Sorry we tried to put a baseball stadium in your backyard. Here’s a nice little festival to forget all that. Sponsored by the wonderful Bon Secours who we paid come play in our city for two weeks a year. And here’s the food trucks we’re making pay more money to park kind of near said training camp if they want to be part of that deal. And IF somehow you’re available to… Read more »

Eva
Eva
6 years ago

And maybe instead of using all this money to show us for 24 hours what our neighborhood COULD look like, why not actually put it INTO the neighborhood. Permanently. I know a few nice potholes that could be filled with nickels. Or quarters. Or maybe with some commemorative bricks they’re trying to make us buy to make the training camp even more pretty.

SciencePubRVA
SciencePubRVA
6 years ago

RT @chpn: Full schedule for Church Hill North Better Block this weekend http://t.co/eHy3usRaOX #BetterBlockRVA

chpn
chpn
6 years ago

Full schedule for Church Hill North Better Block this weekend http://t.co/eHy3usRaOX #BetterBlockRVA

Shauna Mullan-Smith
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tbw
tbw
6 years ago

RT @chpn: Church Hill North Better Block Project is going to be kind of awesome http://t.co/NQyJmHiRnw

TayKeeney
TayKeeney
6 years ago

RT @BikeWalkRVA: Yep, kind of awesome…. http://t.co/yjK9YRTqTs

Nearby neighbor
Nearby neighbor
6 years ago

In my opinion this is the sketchiest location in Church Hill south of Fairmount and Nine Mile. I was suspicious about this project at first as well but am now very excited. This area is covered with abandoned and under utilized structures. It is going to take private investment, huge vision and huge capital risk to bring investment into the abandoned buildings. I don’t think the City has the cash to fix all of the broken components to this City so I appreciate this project because I think it could inspire people to think bigger and dream a little bit.… Read more »

Juliellen
Juliellen
6 years ago

The Better Block program is a catalyst for permanent change. It cuts through all the time and development process to basically mock-up what the area could be, to breathe life into it for a few days and to spark people’s imaginations and reveal the area’s potential. Lots of good ideas come from Better Block projects, and I’m looking forward to the ideas and enthusiasm generated this weekend.

crd
crd
6 years ago

@15 Julia, aren’t you being a tad bit strong in your post? I found #16, Juliellen’s, to be more persuasive…. it is my understanding that the folks behind the Better Block projects have a national movement. Also, I actually understand Eva’s concerns. If it was just the city behind this, I’d be much more cynical.

Eva
Eva
6 years ago

My bad. I have no idea what I’m talking about. I must have blacked out.

urbngrilla
urbngrilla
6 years ago

Isn’t BonSecours funding the CHNorth Better Block project? The BB folks are getting paid to lead this effort (granted, none of them are getting rich off this project–and Sports Backers is also getting funding to cover their involvement, too.) As we all know, BonSecours has a track record of providing grants to businesses in the East End. They are the catalyst and funding sources of the recent East End, 25th and 9 Mile, revitalization efforts. Remember all those urban planners who spent a couple weeks here in 2010? BSHS paid for all of that. While I think most of us… Read more »

Next Friend
Next Friend
6 years ago

urbngrilla: it is naive of you but not for the reason you think. Bon Secours is a non-profit mission. To all of your big reveals: even if true, so what? They are a non-profit.

Nearby neighbor
Nearby neighbor
6 years ago

Big businesses are in business to make money. Not sure why that is so frowned upon. Many of them make money at the expense of others. I really appreciate any business that seeks to serve the community well while making their money. Sounds like a good neighbor to me.

Jenny Poegl
Jenny Poegl
6 years ago

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urbngrilla
urbngrilla
6 years ago

Just because an organization is a non-profit or not-for-profit doesn’t mean one can’t question their motives. American Crossroads is a non-profit. Do I question their motives, Hell yeah. Ask me to choose? I’ll take BonSecours over American Crossroads any day. Easy choice since BSHS supports Medicaid expansion in Virginia. Please know that my post #18 tries to convey that this is a gray area. While I’ll still choose BSHS for most of my healthcare needs, I do so with eyes open. There is a reason why BSHS is doing this “extra work” in the east end. They want something from… Read more »

Next Friend
Next Friend
6 years ago

Spare us, urbngrilla. You, unlike everyone else in the entire east end, must not be going to the dozens of public meetings and engagements where BSHS actually engages and has transparently laid out its plans. They want to help the community so the community is comfortable with them expanding to provide desperately needed health services and you are going to call conspiracy? Frankly, BSHS blows every other actor in Richmond away in terms of considerate engagement and thoughtful, transparent process. Find another target to bully.

urbngrilla
urbngrilla
6 years ago

FYI, I attended the Better Block kick-off mtg @ the Robinson Theatre and will be participating in tonight’s pre-build workshop along with the build-out session tomorrow evening.

Being part of the process doesn’t preclude the questioning of authority.

Bon Sec Guy
Bon Sec Guy
6 years ago

@urbngrilla This is in response to your comment: “Is their investment in the community worth the land and street closings? Maybe. Shouldn’t we, as a community decide that?” Heck yea Bon Secours to doing stuff for the city and community, and yes it is most combined with deals to expand. But who has a better idea for that block across from the hospital, which previously held drug dealers and prostitution rings? Do you think HCA is going to put a hospital in the middle of Mosby and Creighton court? Is HCA going to build a hospital near active crack houses,… Read more »

katzenjaammer
katzenjaammer
6 years ago

@#24- I was really with you until you got racist. Why did you have to go there? You were making your point most eloquently, and ruined it.

I actually was going to get involved, but now I don’t want to.

MissionRVA
MissionRVA
6 years ago

Just the once – read all the comments. http://t.co/ILvZedRcQw
Lots of takes on the Better Block project. Who gains in this one?

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