• August 26, 2017

    12:00 PM – 7:00 PM

    Morningside Firehouse

    235 Tyler 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!

Schedule

June 8th

  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Better Block Community Walk & Talk

    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!

    Residents, community leaders, artists, planners, clergy, teachers, students, and businesses are all invited to join our Community Walk & Talk to engage in making a better Pittsfield.

    The Berkshire Dream Center, 475 Tyler Street

    5:30 PM – 6:00 PM Meet and Greet

    6:00 PM – 6:30 PM Better Block Presentation

    6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Community Walk + Talk

    RSVP: On Facebook @DiscoverTylerStreet

July 11th

  • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM Better Block Concept Workshops

    Feedback provided from the Walk and Talk is considered and forumlated into a concept plan to be presented to the community at the Berkshire Dream Center, 475 Tyler Street.  After a presentation and light food, we’ll split into our volunteer teams and visit identified buildings and places to further discuss details and assign roles to individual pledging to volunteer and assist with Build Week on August 23rd – 25th.

August 23rd - 25th

  • Wednesday, 8/23, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Build Workshop #1

    Pop up programs and Art & Beauty

  • Wednesday, 8/23,7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Build Workshop #2

    Pop up programs and Art & Beauty

  • Thursday, 8/24, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Build Workshop #3

    Pop up programs and Public Streets and Spaces

  • Thursday, 8/24, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Build Workshop #4

    Pop up programs and Public Streets and Spaces

  • Friday, 8/25, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Build Workshop #5

    Pop up programs and Public Streets and Spaces

  • Friday, 8/25, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Build Workshop #6

    Pop up programs and Public Streets and Spaces

  • Friday, 8/25, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Build Workshop #7

    Pop up programs and Public Streets and Spaces

  • Friday, 8/25, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Build Workshop #8

    Pop up programs and Public Streets and Spaces

  • Friday, 8/25, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Build Workshop #9

    Pop up programs and Public Streets and Spaces

  • Friday, 8/25, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Build Workshop #10

    Pop up programs and Public Streets and Spaces

August 26th

  • 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM Pittsfield Better Block: Transformation Day

    Morningside Fire House

    235 Tyler St.

Teams

Art and Beauty

Public Streets and Spaces

Pop Up Programs

Volunteer

Sponsors

Pittsfield Better Block combines local art & culture programs with pop-up infrastructure aimed at improving quality of life for all.  We want to thank the following sponsors for supporting our efforts!

Organizers

Nicholas Russo

Organizer

Nick is a native of Pittsfield who graduated from Pittsfield High School and went on to receive a bachelor’s in Civil Engineering Technology from RIT in Rochester, New York. Now back in Pittsfield, civil engineering is his primary focus, but he also enjoys studying urban design, transportation, and architecture as a hobby. Bicycling is also…

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William Richard Declose, Jr.

Organizer

William Richard Declose, Jr. has been a member of the Berkshire Dream Center since the beginning. He is hailed as the handiest of the handy helping rebuild rebuild the Dream Center’s current home, the Morningside Baptist Church.  William also helps rebuild lives as a leader in the Celebrate Recovery program. He is an honorably discharged…

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Katelynn Miner

Organizer

Katelynn Miner has been the pastor of the Berkshire Dream Center since its inception in 2011. The Dream Center has been serving the Pittsfield since 2008 with the mission to simply love and serve others. The Dream Center works across the Morningside community to help those in need have hope for these lives and begin…

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Kristina Cardot

Organizer

Kristina Cardot (former public school art teacher), and her husband Gary, (a former union carpenter and machinist), have joined creative forces in “re-generating” furniture and vintage items with a fine art twist, to create unique, thought-provoking, utilitarian sculptures. Their “working” studio and shop is located at 441 North Street in beautiful downtown Pittsfield. Fun fact…

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Mary Jane Dunlop

Organizer

Mary Jane Dunlop has been interested in architecture since high school and has been a realtor for over 20 years.  She moved to Pittsfield in 2000 and has been an active member of the community since then, and now owns Berkshire Access Realty.  She is known for her dedication to the betterment of Pittsfield. Fun…

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Amewusika Sedzro

Transformative Development Fellow, MassDevelopment

Amewusika “Sika” Sedzro has over a decade of experience supporting diverse community planning initiatives across the globe.  She currently serves as the Transformative Development Initiative (TDI) Fellow in Pittsfield.  When she is not supporting the work of the local TDI partnership (the Tyler Street Business Group, the City of Pittsfield, PEDA, BCF, Be Well Berkshires,…

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    How can I get involved with Pittsfield Better Block?

    We’ll put out a call for volunteers soon, but be sure to get the latest information by subscribing to our emails, and check the upcoming schedule for public meetings, build out and the event.

    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.