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EMBRACE + ENVISION

SEPTEMBER 29, 2018

EMBRACE + ENVISION

SEPTEMBER 29, 2018

We're here to celebrate history – to showcase potential and pursue revitilization – to build a Better Block right here in Kent. The Kent Better Block committee is excited to announce that North Water Street will be home to Kent’s first Better Block event on Saturday, September 29, 2018. As an area filled with great coffee, art galleries, historic buildings, and friendly neighbors, the street is currently undergoing a collaborative revitalization. Better Block Kent will be a moment for our whole community to celebrate this area's past and envision the bright future that lies just ahead. Learn how below.
We're here to celebrate history – to showcase potential and pursue revitilization – to build a Better Block right here in Kent. The Kent Better Block committee is excited to announce that North Water Street will be home to Kent’s first Better Block event on Saturday, September 29, 2018As an area filled with great coffee, art galleries, historic buildings, and friendly neighbors, the street is currently undergoing a collaborative revitalization. Better Block Kent will be a moment for our whole community to celebrate this area's past and envision the bright future that lies just ahead. Learn how below.

N. WATER STREET IMPROVEMENTS

WHAT IS KENT BETTER BLOCK?

WHAT IS BETTER BLOCK?

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Better Block is a celebration of community. We want to temporarily demonstrate the potential North Water has to offer and what it could look like. The street will be filled with community members gathering around bikes lanes,improved crosswalks, pop-up shops, murals, additional seating, and added greenery while honoring the rich history of the street itself. Visit
betterblock.org for more info about what Better Block does around the country.

This year the City of Kent was awarded a $1 Million grant for street improvements to North Water Street from the Ohio Department of Transportation. This stretch of roadway was rated #2 in Kent, and #7 in the Portage and Summit County Area for motorist crashes. Additionally, there are many lacking pedestrian facilities and other traffic improvements which will be addressed. Read on to learn more about the improvements which will take place in 2020. Read more on the graphic below.

Better Block is a celebration of community. We want to temporarily demonstrate the potential North Water has to offer and what it could look like. The street will be filled with community members gathering around bikes lanes,improved crosswalks, pop-up shops, murals, additional seating, and added greenery while honoring the rich history of the street itself. VisiY betterblock.org for more info about what Better Block does around the country. 

WHEN + WHERE IS IT? 

On Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 11 am to 6 pm, activites will be taking place in Downtown Kent on North Water Street between Main Street and Brady Street. From pop-up shops and food trucks to collaborative community activities and improved gathering spaces, Better Block Kent will help us all celebrate what this area is and envision what we'd like to create for the future.

WHAT WILL THE EVENT BE LIKE? 

Better Block Kent is a day-long event celebrating what this area is and envisioning what we'd like to create for the future. Pedestrians and cylists are encouraged to explore the street, engage with businesses and activities, enjoy community spaces, and check out local artists. Come see what it's like to build a Better Block right here in Kent!

WHAT IS BETTER BLOCK?

Better Block is a celebration of community. We want to temporarily demonstrate the potential North Water has to offer and what it could look like. The street will be filled with community members gathering around bikes lanes,improved crosswalks, pop-up shops, murals, additional seating, and added greenery while honoring the rich history of the street itself. Visit
betterblock.org for more info about what Better Block does around the country.

WHEN+WHERE IS IT?

On Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 11 am to 6 pm, activites will be taking place in Downtown Kent on North Water Street between Main Street and Brady Street. From pop-up shops and food trucks to collaborative community activities and improved gathering spaces, Better Block Kent will help us all celebrate what this area is and envision what we'd like to create for the future. 

WHAT WILL THE EVENT BE LIKE?

Better Block Kent is a day-long event celebrating what this area is and envisioning what we'd like to create for the future. Pedestrians and cylists are encouraged to explore the street, engage with businesses and activities, enjoy community spaces, and check out local artists. Come see what it's like to build a Better Block right here in Kent!    

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ABOUT THE EVENT

WHERE + WHEN IS IT? 

On Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 11 am to 6 pm, activites will be taking place in Downtown Kent on North Water Street between Main Street and Brady Street. From pop-up shops and food trucks to collaborative community activities and improved gathering spaces, Better Block Kent will help us all celebrate what this area is and envision what we'd like to create for the future.   

On Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 11 pm to 6 pm, activites will be taking place in Downtown Kent on North Water Street between Main Street and Brady Street. From pop-up shops and food trucks to collaborative community activities and improved gathering spaces, Better Block Kent will help us all celebrate what this area is and envision what we'd like to create for the future.   

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WHAT WILL THE EVENT BE LIKE?

WHAT WILL THE EVENT BE LIKE?

Better Block Kent is a day-long event celebrating what this area is and envisioning what we'd like to create for the future. Pedestrians and cylists are encouraged to explore the street, engage with businesses and activities, enjoy community spaces, and check out local artists. Come see what it's like to build a Better Block right here in Kent!  

Better Block Kent is a day-long event celebrating what this area is and envisioning what we'd like to create for the future. Pedestrians and cylists are encouraged to explore the street, engage with businesses and activities, enjoy community spaces, and check out local artists. Come see what it's like to build a Better Block right here in Kent!  

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FOOD TRUCKS

On Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 11 pm to 6 pm, activites will be taking place in Downtown Kent on North Water Street between Main Street and Brady Street. From pop-up shops and food trucks to collaborative community activities and improved gathering spaces, Better Block Kent will help us all celebrate what this area is and envision what we'd like to create for the future.   

VENDORS

On Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 11 pm to 6 pm, activites will be taking place in Downtown Kent on North Water Street between Main Street and Brady Street. From pop-up shops and food trucks to collaborative community activities and improved gathering spaces, Better Block Kent will help us all celebrate what this area is and envision what we'd like to create for the future.   

MUSIC

12:15 pm – 1:00 pm

On Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 11 pm to 6 pm, activites will be taking place in Downtown Kent on North Water Street between Main Street and Brady Street. From pop-up shops and food trucks to collaborative community activities and improved gathering spaces, Better Block Kent will help us all celebrate what this area is and envision what we'd like to create for the future.   

1:15 pm – 2:00 pm

On Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 11 pm to 6 pm, activites will be taking place in Downtown Kent on North Water Street between Main Street and Brady Street. From pop-up shops and food trucks to collaborative community activities and improved gathering spaces, Better Block Kent will help us all celebrate what this area is and envision what we'd like to create for the future.   

2:15 pm – 3:00 pm

On Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 11 pm to 6 pm, activites will be taking place in Downtown Kent on North Water Street between Main Street and Brady Street. From pop-up shops and food trucks to collaborative community activities and improved gathering spaces, Better Block Kent will help us all celebrate what this area is and envision what we'd like to create for the future.   

3:15 pm – 4:00 pm

Kelcie Brahce

On Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 11 pm to 6 pm, activites will be taking place in Downtown Kent on North Water Street between Main Street and Brady Street. From pop-up shops and food trucks to collaborative community activities and improved gathering spaces, Better Block Kent will help us all celebrate what this area is and envision what we'd like to create for the future.   

4:15 pm – 5:00 pm

Randy Horvath

On Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 11 pm to 6 pm, activites will be taking place in Downtown Kent on North Water Street between Main Street and Brady Street. From pop-up shops and food trucks to collaborative community activities and improved gathering spaces, Better Block Kent will help us all celebrate what this area is and envision what we'd like to create for the future.   

5:15 pm – 6:00 pm

Tina Bergmann & Anthony Papaleo

On Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 11 pm to 6 pm, activites will be taking place in Downtown Kent on North Water Street between Main Street and Brady Street. From pop-up shops and food trucks to collaborative community activities and improved gathering spaces, Better Block Kent will help us all celebrate what this area is and envision what we'd like to create for the future.   

HELP US BUILD A BETTER BLOCK

HELP US BUILD A BETTER BLOCK

Interested in helping Kent build a Better Block? There's a place for you.

Interested in helping Kent build a Better Block? There's a place for you.

VENDORS
VENDORS

Interested in being a food or goods vendor on this day? Contact us for a vendor application.

VOLUNTEERS

Want to be part of the team that makes all this happen? Come & volunteer with our team.

PLAN ON ATTENDING

We're ready for Better Block – are you? RSVP to the Facebook event & spread the word! 

PRESS

Follow along with recent news stories or download the Kent Better Block Press Kit.

Follow along with recent news stories or download the Kent Better Block Press Kit.

SEPT 10, 2018 / THE RECORD COURIER

A VISION FOR THE MILL DISTRICT'S FUTURE

By Bob Gaetjens

An event illustrating a vision of the future of Kent’s Mill District on North Water Street is just a couple weeks off.  Businesses have partnered with the city to present the Mill District’s Better Blocks event from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 29.

JULY 10, 2018 / THE RECORD COURIER

EVENT WOULD SHOW POTENTIAL 'BETTER BLOCK' ON N. WATER ST.  

By Bob Gaetjens

Neighborhood stakeholders have begun meeting to discuss plans for the event. The committee divided into subcommittees focusing on fundraising, publicity and event activities and features. 

MARCH 30, 2018 / THE RECORD COURIER

KENT MILL DISTRICT PONDERS BETTER BLOCKS PLAN 

By Bob Gaetjens

A group of stakeholders along North Water Street gathered this week to learn about the Better Blocks program, which could help them find ways to make the business district more vibrant.