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Northside neighborhood residents recently teamed up with AARP, the Team Better Block organization, the Purdue Extension Office and City of Fort Wayne staff to temporarily transform Columbia Avenue just east of downtown. Led by Northside resident Mo Palmer, the group worked to create a safer and more interesting environment for people traveling by foot, wheelchair or bike.

The volunteers started working Wednesday, November 1 by painting a temporary mural and bike lane. On Saturday, November 4, the area was filled with pop-up shops, food trucks, live music and activities for people of all ages. The idea behind Team Better Block is to create neighborhoods that are more walkable and provide more opportunities for people to gather and spend time outdoors. Some of the ideas that were tested on November 4 may be implemented later by the Public Works department.

To learn more about Team Better Block visit https://www.teambetterblock.com/

To see more photos from the event, visit the Northside Neighborhood facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/Northside-Neighborhood-Association-196970770315501/