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  • Arts Riot 400 Pine Street Burlington, VT, 05401 United States (map)


At our second of eight talks we learned how Andrew Howard of Team Better Block is working to  strengthen the connection between people and the places they share through Community Placemaking, a hands-on approach to collectively reimagining and then re-shaping public spaces at the heart of the community.  


Andrew Howard is one of the leading experts in transportation and placemaking in the nation. His fourteen years of experience in both public and private sector transportation and land development planning and design provides him an excellent perspective on city and regional issues. His career combines two important American traditions: entrepreneurship—the spirit of enterprise, and civic virtue—the spirit of community.

As the co-Founder of the Better Block and Principal at Team Better Block LLC, Andrew helps communities develop and organize their economic assets to build productive, resilient relationships across the public, private, and civil sectors. Now being used in over fifty cities and three nations, the Better Block demonstrates how temporary sustainability improvements to a single city block can build momentum for long-term financial, social and environmental advancements.  The American Society of Landscape Architects called it, “a 21st-century version of what the Chicago World’s Fair did in 1893.”

Andrew’s overarching goal is to equip new leaders to take action in their communities. Through his business and civic ventures he is able to motivate everyday citizens, develop walkable places and positively influence organizational and cultural change in government. His work is creating the space for others to innovate and making Andrew a better planner and designer.


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Earlier Event: June 6
Later Event: August 16