The Better Block Project inspires infrastructure and policy changes from the ground up. In 2010, Jason Roberts wondered what happened to his local Dallas, Texas neighborhood. Long gone were the times when he could easily walk to shops and cafes and mingle with neighbors on a vibrant street. The advent of industrial car culture had wiped away any intimate sense of community, supported by decades of car culture policies in city government. Inspired to create a better block, he invited fellow neighbors to take a weekend to build the kind of neighborhood they wanted. They printed posters listing all of the city government rules they were breaking and invited the City Council to the opening party. Since then, Dallas has reformed zoning rules and Roberts has inspired a movement across the world.
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