San José

Community Engagement Through Creative Action

The Better Block concept began as a handful of community organizers turning blighted blocks into temporary, walkable urban interventions that featured pop-up businesses, bike lanes and landscaping. Nine years and over 200 cities later, the idea of empowering residents to improve their neighborhoods resonates deeply with communities around the world. Come learn how this scrappy, DIY idea has evolved into an effective method of rethinking underused areas and spurring community engagement through placemaking.

+ Jason Roberts / Better Block Foundation

5 p.m.: Network with other urbanists while enjoying beer and wine from local businesses
6 p.m.: The conversation begins, followed by an audience Q&A
8 p.m.: Lights off and doors close — see you at the next one

This program is part of a series of SPUR-presented talks held at Backyard SJ, a new temporary public space created by The We Company in downtown San Jose. To learn more about the programs in the series, please visit their event pages:


Free. Visit to download the Backyard app and RSVP.

Refund Policy

Sponsorship payments: Will not be refunded, as sponsorship benefits take effect immediately and are on-going through the date of the event.

Auxiliary Services

If, in order to participate in a SPUR event, you need auxiliary aids or services for a disability (e.g., qualified interpreter, qualified reader, written materials, taped texts) please submit your request five business days before the event to or 415-781-8726 x132. SPUR will work with you in identifying effective auxiliary aids or services that it can provide. If you need to cancel your request, please notify SPUR at least two business days before the event.