Better Block Pikes Peak (BBPP) provided a unique and beautiful experiential demonstration of the transformative powers of urban renewal. With food trucks, wall art, a bar on wheels, more walkways and seating options, and a sculpture garden, Pikes Peak Avenue became a place to gather on a late summer night.
John Olsen, Urban Designer/Landscape Architect with EV Studio Planning, said "During BBPP, we received 98% great feedback from Downtown Business owners, patrons and users of downtown. Most actually stated that we should have gone a little further and made it 100% pedestrian, 0% Automobile. Others, of course stated that they liked it better before. Both perspectives are important."
Here's an accumulation of the relevant coverage of BBPP:
Our explanation of the Better Block movement, written before the event
This article in Colorado Spring's Independent newspaper
BUSSANICH~KJELDSEN Art's photo documentation
John Olsen's blog
The Pikes Peak Better Block Facebook page
And the award received for Achievement in Sustainable Development from Fort Carson