Better Block returns to Tyler Street April 27

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Wigwam pop-up shop at the original Better Block in April 2010

Jason Roberts and Andrew Howard have taken the Better Block around the world since the original on Tyler Street four years ago.

Now the Better Block returns to its roots for Roberts’ 40th birthday celebration, from noon-10 p.m. Sunday, April 27.

The event will include a demonstration of a public plaza on Kings Highway between Davis and Tyler. They plan to bring Oto Hudek’s giant megaphone sculpture, “Instrument for Listening,” which is now in Belo Garden, to be placed in the center of that temporary plaza.

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Kayli House Cusick of Oil and Cotton says the event will focus on contemporary art. She and Oil and Cotton partner Shannon Driscoll are working with several curators to bring a variety of exhibits to vacant storefronts on Tyler and Davis.

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There also are plans for pop-up shops and restaurants, performances and activities for children, including a kiddical mass gathering. If they find enough money and time, Roberts says they would like to demonstrate two-way traffic on Tyler.

The owners of Oil and Cotton say the intersection of Tyler and Seventh is dangerous. They see traffic accidents there frequently, and it’s troubling because they offer classes for children every day.

“Our number one goal is to make this intersection safe,” Cusick says.

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  • gina

    The “guys” and local developers may do this already but it may also be wise to gain some design perspective from a female. It is possible that a lot of the traffic will come from stay at home moms who take their young kids to the plazas.

  • texashugs

    How does my comment below make me troll? As a Kings Hwy resident who lives down the street from this plaza and neighborhood teacher, I am entitled to my opinion. I am very pro neighborhood revitalization, a regular community volunteer, and even volunteered for the Rosemont event. Many have stated at the meeting that it is very important to keep the integrity of the neighborhood. I know it was just a mock plaza, but I felt the colors and design didn’t fit into the neighborhood. At the Rosemont meetings, several people gave input on what a mock plaza should look like to gain the support of the rest of the community. I did not aim my comments at Howard or Roberts and totally support Jason Roberts and the Better Block cause. However, all community members should be able to share their concerns about the plaza without being attacked as they just want the best for their community.

    As for not sharing my identity, well I’m a young, shy lady who frankly is scared to do so in fear of being attacked by big bullies like you.

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  • Jonathan Braddick

    Rosemont Plaza was just rewarded more Davis Garden TIF $s than it had before and the design being completed with construction to start soon there after. Sorry you didn’t like color. The guys sure did ‘mess’ that up for a very few didn’t they!

    Secondly, there wouldn’t be several projects in the pipeline that will be benefiting Oak Cliff if it weren’t for the work of Howard and Roberts.

    Have a backbone and post as yourself next time and maybe we can have an adult conversation about your concerns like real people instead of being bashing trolls on message boards.

  • texashugs

    The mock Rosemont plaza was a disappointment. Tacky colors on the street and NOTHING going on. From the meetings they made it seem like it was going to be a demonstration of what could be. I hope they strive for more for the real thing.

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  • TheGreatBlockScamReturns

    The failure tour returns home. It’s amazing that these guys make a living doing absolutely nothing of any value. Hey, let’s put some pallets out in the street and paint on the roads and have the equivalent of a little girl’s tea party. Then we can leave without cleaning up and pat ourselves on the back for creating nothing.