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On May 19, 2012, Brownsville hosted a Better Block event in Market Square in coordination with a plan to revitalize downtown. The event included live music, giant chess games, and an outdoor café which, according to the Better Block team, “creat[ed] a stronger sense of place that encouraged people to linger and enjoy Market Square.”
For the event, organizers installed temporary bike lanes, narrowing the surrounding streets. This temporary change, according to organizers, “showed the potential for permanent street improvements to the area.” All in all, the event gave attendees a glimpse of what the area could be like after revitalization.
Brownsville is planning another Better Block event for July 21.