Better Block St Joe is a grassroots effort to revitalize downtown St. Joseph, Missouri through demonstration.
Building anew within the shell of the old.
Step one is to clean up vacant and historic downtown storefronts in preparation for stage two, which is to open fully-functioning temporary “pop-up” businesses and extend the pedestrian space for mingling, people watching, street performing and sidewalk vendors. “All in order to provide a living and breathing visualization of downtown’s potential,” say the event organizers.
Efforts will focus on the 500 block of Felix Street. The event will be held in conjunction with the Apple Blossom Festival, on Friday, May 4th, and Saturday, May 5th, 2012.
This is entirely volunteer-driven by people looking to the future of St Joseph while utilizing historic spaces. Keep St Joe Weird fully supports this experiment as it stands on the very precipice of our mission statement:
“to encourage the locally-owned shops, bands, artists and people to stick around & have fun. Without them the soul of St Joe will be swallowed by the gigantic Big Box retail monster.”
To become a part of the project, please contact Better Block St Joe via facebook.com/betterblocksj, or contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.