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Betterblock.org provides news and information on Better Block projects occurring around the world.

Betterblock.org provides news and information on Better Block projects occurring around the world.
One of the major issues we’re faced with across the United States is zoning and ordinance laws that prevent the type of smart, dense development that was once created around the world before the advent of large “master development” centric planning (ie. 1 owner, 1 massive block). So the question is, how do we rapidly create places again, built by communities, for communities, using limited funds? Our early goals with Better Block projects were to retrofit, educate and illustrate examples of great places that were prioritized for people (versus cars) and to show how those blocks create greater economics, vibrancy, improved health, and provide a neighborhood destination. Now that we’ve seen enough examples around the world that prove this works, the next step is to build them from the ground up. For this example, let’s look at a classic “High Street” in London, which is similar to classic US Main Streets and begin breaking down the form:

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