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    May 6, 2017

    11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

    35 Merrimack St.

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What is a Better Block? Watch this video to learn more!

A better block makes better neighbors.  And a better local economy.  A better block is more local business. More time outdoors.  More beauty, more life.  More bicycles, more foot traffic.  A better block is more friends, more laughter, more conversations.  A better block is a beginning.  It spreads. It compounds.  It changes everything.  Better cities start with better blocks.  Let’s get started!


May 3rd

  • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM Public Space Build Workshop

  • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM Beautification Build Workshop

May 4th

  • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Street Build Workshop

  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Street Build Workshop

May 5th

  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Street Build Workshop

  • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Street Build Workshop

  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Pop Up Build Workshop

  • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Pop Up Build Workshop

May 6th

Scaffolding street market!

Bank pop up filled with theatre, music, comics, vinyl, coffee and people.

Better defined public spaces with pop up Biergarten!


Green bicycle lane on Merrimack St.

New street wall with pop up shops, green bicycle lane and colorful crosswalks

Better defined public spaces

Colorful fascades


Think small.  A block of Merrimack St. between Main St. and How St. will be transformed with more beauty, more life!



Street Team

  • Learn and help create ways to make a better multi-modal experience for all!

Public Space Team

  • Learn and help improve the public space for the greater good!

Pop Up Team

  • Have a new business idea to try out? Test out your idea!

Beautification Team

  • Create new ways to beautify Haverhill!


Haverhill Better Block combines local art & culture programs with pop-up infrastructure aimed at improving quality of life for all.


Noah Koretz

Transformative Development Fellow, MassDevelopment

I am a city planner and attorney with broad experience in issues related to urban development and a particular interest in Massachusetts Gateway Cities and the future of small post-industrial cities. I am currently a fellow at MassDevelopment, working for three years on downtown revitalization in Haverhill, MA.

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Andrew Howard

Principal, Team Better Block

One of the leading voices on community revitalization, Andrew Howard is internationally respected for his people focused design approach and rapid-implementation strategies that are being replicated around the world Andrew co-founded the Better Block project in 2010 with friend Jason Roberts. One year later the pair formed Team Better Block, LLC, which has aided in…

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Jonathan Braddick

Project Manager, Team Better Block

A local Oak Cliff advocate for better bicycle infrastructure, Jonathan was one of the original Better Block’s community volunteers that helped put the design/build concept to work.  He’s worked to get more bicycle infrastructure implemented on Dallas’ aging roadways, presiding as the first Dallas Bicycle Coalition president and board member of Bike Friendly Oak Cliff….

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Hayrettin Gunc

Architect/Designer, Team Better Block

Hayrettin Günç is an architect and urbanist based in Boston, USA, and Istanbul, Turkey. He holds a Master of Architecture in Urban Design with distinction from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Before coming to United States, Hayrettin was the co-founder of Herkes Icin Mimarlik (Architecture for All), a non-profit organization based in Istanbul that…

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    How can I get involved with Haverhill Better Block?

    We’re looking for volunteers to help before, during and after the event.  Sign up to volunteer or subscribe to get the latest infromation.



    Who can I contact for a Better Block in my city?

    We’re always looking for ways to make more cities better. Visit the Team Better Block website or email [email protected] for more information.

    Will the Better Block Improvements Become Permanent?

    Better Block projects are temporary in nature and will be taken down after each event, but they are designed to be easily implemented after a project’s completion. Better Block works with City officials and decision-makers to change policy and fast-track infrastructure improvements. Visit BetterBlock.org to read case studies and success stories from cities around the world.


    Can I have someone speak to our organization about the Better Block project?

    Please send an email to [email protected] to request a presentation on the Better Block project.