It’s been tried in San Antonio. This weekend it will be tried in Norfolk. Perhaps Salisbury could benefit from a quick and dirty “Extreme Makeover”?
This weekend a group of volunteers and the urban planning firm Team Better Block will unveil a temporary “makeover” of a neglected section of Granby Street (once Norfolk’s vibrant main thoroughfare). The key word in this is “temporary”.
Why would a municipality spend thousands of dollars to temporarily fix-up a section of town? It gives people a chance to not only visualize, but actually experience, a re-vitalization plan. Rather than spend hundreds of thousands, or millions, of dollars on a plan that may be good … or bad, Team Better Block’s approach is simple:
- Do Something
- Do it CHEAPLY
- Do it QUICKLY
People get to see the potential of an area. Potential developers / investors can be attracted. Bureaucracy is curtailed. The advantages are almost endless.