Lorain Better Block 2019

May 18th (Sat), 12pm~6pm
Washington Avenue from West Erie Ave to West 8th Street, LORAIN

#LBB 2019 is moving “Off Broadway”, but the goals remain the same! We want to temporarily demonstrate what the best block in the City of Lorain could look like. With the help and input of the community, we will be temporarily transforming one section of Lorain to a vibrant space that is friendly to all citizens, regardless of age, ability, or resources!


Planning is now in progress and all who want to participate are welcome! Email
ERIC  [ ericnewsome@cox.net ] or
BART [ cyc.bart@gmail.com ]
to receive invites to our biweekly planning meetings.


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LBB in press

Here we will try to keep track of various articles about LBB in digital press. March 17, 2019: The Morning Journal's "Lorain Better Block to return; other activities coming, no car needed" If you come across an article mentioning us, pls shoot…


LBB 2018

The first LBB was held on Saturday May 19th on Broadway (Lorain Downtown).

From 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm it was filled with bike lanes, better crosswalks, improved lighting, improved sidewalks, more seating, mini parks, a beer garden, local vendors, and pop-up shops

People said

“On behalf of Firefish, we would like to say that Lorain Better Block was a great event. It brought life to Broadway and shows that there are great things to come for the City of Lorain.”

PaulFireFish organiser

“At the first Lorain Better Block event we had a Tiki Hut Parklet where we handed out nearly 200 bottles of water. It was cool to interact with so many new faces and start new relationships with other vendors and residents.”

StevenLBB 2018 Vendor

“I volunteered for Lorain Better Block last year not knowing what I was getting myself into, I was amazed at the amount of people and the expressions of joy on their faces despite the rain.”

CassieLBB 2018 volunteer

“Better Block was a great way for our community to come together and temporarily transform our sense of place; all while having a blast.”

ChrisLorain community activist

A Better Block?

A “better block” is a street designed for users of all ages and abilities. Our Better Block demonstration is a temporary transformation of the built environment and gave communities a chance to test and promote new ideas that can improve their block. Streets that are safe for all road users – walkers, bicyclists, and cars – and promote connectivity are an important tool to revitalize economies. Our Better Block Event allows communities to experience a street built by people, for people without having to go through years of planning and millions of dollars.

Learn more about Better Blocks Worldwide at http://betterblock.org