From November 17-18, the Five Points Plaza will be temporarily transformed by West Side community members alongside urban designers.
Thanks to the voter-approved Comprehensive Neighborhood Improvement Program (CNIP), the city will be able to make improvements to the intersection of West Trade, State Street, 5th St., Rozzelles Ferry Rd. and Beatties Ford Rd. (also known as Five Points). Improvements currently being discussed by the city, based on West Side community feedback from a Spring 2017 community meeting, include a new art & entertainment plaza, pedestrian lighting, wide sidewalks, crosswalks, landscaping and public art.
Come November 2017, the West Side community will make what they envision for the plaza a reality through the Better Block project. This temporary transformation will ultimately shape the final design for the City’s Capital Improvement Project for that intersection.
Learn more about the City’s Capital Improvement Project.
Tuesday 11:00am-5:15pm We Poll the Space (Talking with Neighbors)
Thursday 11:00am – 8:30pm We Prep the Space (Neighbors + Designers)
Friday 11:00am – 9:00pm We Build the Space (Neighbors + Designers)
Saturday 10:00am – 3:00pm We Enjoy the Space (Food, Shopping, Art, Entertainment)
Volunteers will be needed all four days. Various volunteer roles and time slots are available.
What’s a Better Block?
Better Block is a community-led approach to test ideas for creating great spaces. Participants will be invited to brainstorm, build, stage, and program the Five Points Plaza for the two-day Better Block Project. The focus will be on:
• Shared Access
• Stay Power
Read more about Better Block Foundation.
How do I volunteer?
This is your neighborhood. You live, work, play, shop, eat, and sleep on Charlotte’s West Side every single day. That means you know best what will make the Five Points Plaza a more enjoyable destination for your neighbors. So, the Five Points Better Block Project needs you, your family, and your friends to come out and help envision and build a temporary plaza to teach the designers what works best for the West Side.
HOW DO WE BUILD IT?
The ideas of the West Side community will be made into reality through Wikiblock.
Wikiblock is an open-source toolkit of designs for benches, chairs, planters, stages, bus stops, beer garden fences, and kiosks that can be downloaded for free and taken to a makerspace where a CNC router (a computer-aided machine) can cut them out of a sheet of plywood. Most products can then be assembled without glue or nails, and used instantly to make a block better. Learn more about Wikiblock
Can I become a Vendor?
What makes a neighborhood a vibrant place to live, work, and play? The people living in the neighborhood, the small businesses that set up shop in the neighborhood, and the artists that celebrate the neighborhood.
During the Five Points Better Block project we need those small businesses and artists (the vendors) to come out Nov. 17-18 to set up shop or share their talent with the West Side.
Five Points Better Blocks is looking for small business vendors selling arts & crafts, food, & fashion. We are also looking for entertainers from the music, dance, and theater sector of the arts community. If you are a community member just starting out as an entrepreneur or a Charlotte artists on the come-up, we are looking for you! If you are a business owner or professional artists that just wants to be involved in this two-day neighborhood event celebrating the Historic West End, contact us!