Oak Cliffer named among ‘most influential urbanists of all time’

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The readers of planning news publication “Planetizen” named Oak Cliff’s own Jason Roberts among the 100 “most influential urbanists of all time.”

Roberts is the founder of Oak Cliff-based Better Block, a nonprofit that stages temporary public improvements in cities around the globe. He also is a partner in Oddfellows restaurant.

Roberts was working in information technology when he became civically involved in Oak Cliff around 2006. He is a co-founder of Bike Friendly Oak Cliff and Art Conspiracy, and he founded the Oak Cliff Transit Authority, the group that wrote the federal grant application for the Oak Cliff streetcar.

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“I never would have imagined that these projects we started in Oak Cliff would inspire people around the world and spread so quickly,” Robert told Dallas Innovates. “Being mentioned on this list is a testament to our amazing community.”

The list also includes “The Death and Life of Great American Cities” author Jane Jacobs, landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, architect Frank Lloyd Wright, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, Prince Charles, civil rights activist Rosa Parks and environmentalist Rachel Carson.

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