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Mesa, Arizona
8th Avenue and South Center Street
March 25-26, 2022
 

Santander Consumer USA Foundation is bringing the Better Block to Mesa with a 120-day design process culminating in a two-day demonstration. We’ll work with you and your neighbors to identify what changes you’d like to see, then we’ll work with you to bring it to life with street murals, digitally fabricated furniture, local artists, and programming. 

We opened the program up to neighbors to nominate their block for consideration. After meeting with stakeholders and discussing ideas, Southside, Mesa was chosen for the Better Block. Now the real fun begins! Over the next few weeks, we will be listening to you, the community, about what you'd like to see in this area, what you don't want to see, and what creative ideas you have for programming, vendors, and art. Please fill out this survey by January 7, and let us know your thoughts. Also, if you'd like to get involved in the planning process, let us know that as well.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Krista at krista@betterblock.org.

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Live in the neighborhood?

Passionate about placemaking?

Want to get your hands dirty and make a real, visible change to the way your community looks and feels? 

Let us know your interest (and your skillset) on the survey. 

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The Better Block Southside Mesa is a free, family-friendly event that is open to the public. Come experience the vision of the neighborhood created by and with community members and give your feedback!

Have any questions?

Email Krista Nightengale at krista@betterblock.org.

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We want to hear from you on what you love about your neighborhood, what you'd change, and how you'd like to be involved. Click the link below to take the community survey before January 7, 2022.

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What Is the Better Block?

The Better Block Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that educates, equips, and empowers communities and their leaders to reshape and reactivate built environments to promote the growth of healthy and vibrant neighborhoods.

The Better Block began with an idea from a group of neighbors who wondered, “How could we have bike lanes like those found in Holland? How could we have night food markets like those found in Thailand and beer gardens like those in Munich?” They realized they couldn’t. There were decades-old ordinances on their city books that prohibited them from creating spaces like those they dreamed of.

 

So they did the only thing they could: they reimagined their block. They painted bike lanes, coordinated pop-up food markets and retailors with neighbors, and created a beer garden. They called their experiment the Better Block, and through it, the community brainstormed together, learned together, and ultimately shared in the beautiful and vibrant spaces they helped create together.

 

The drive to make places better was placed in the hands of neighbors, and they ran with it. Over the years, Better Blocks have been implemented from Portland to Detroit and Melbourne to Tehran. We work around the world turning empty lots into beautiful plazas; overbuilt streets into markets; and have given run-down, vacant buildings new life. Our process is 120 days and culminates with a two-day demonstration.

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FAQs

What is the Better Block? The Better Block Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that educates, equips, and empowers communities and their leaders to reshape and reactivate built environments to promote the growth of healthy and vibrant neighborhoods.

 

Why is Santander Consumer USA Foundation bringing a Better Block project to Mesa? Santander Consumer USA Foundation is deeply committed to the communities it serves. When Better Block approached Santander Consumer USA Foundation about an opportunity to support Mesa neighbors’ request to go through the entire Better Block process, Santander Consumer USA Foundation agreed.

 

How did you choose Southside? We did an open call for neighbors to nominate their blocks for the project, and a neighbor nominated Southside. After meeting with a few community members and stakeholders, this site was selected.

 

What happens next? We need to hear from you. What do you like? What would you change? Do you want to get involved? Please fill out the survey by January 7!

A Huge Thank You To Santander for Bringing Better Block to Mesa

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And A Huge Thank You to Our Partners

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