How to build a better block

This blog post at NYTimes.com profiles a neighborhood group similar to the one I co-founded in uptown DC. I was pointed to it by a DC ANC commissioner and activist who said our movement reminded him of theirs.

A couple key differences – their movement was started by professional planners and designers, while ours was started by folks with nothing but gusto. Also, many of the Texas environments that they are reforming are actually failed suburban refits trying to go back to their urban days. Kennedy Street is and was always an urban environment, just one that lost its customer base to crime and cars. Different problems to solve, but we are using some of the same tactics.