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April 25: Better Block Project Co-Founder Jason Roberts to Speak

Free public talk is at 7 p.m. in Bresnan Arena.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office, 4-22-2014

Mankato, Minn. – The co-founder of an international movement to revitalize blighted areas of cities worldwide will give a free talk at 7 p.m. Friday in Bresnan Arena at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Jason Roberts, of Dallas, started the Better Block Project in 2010 as a way to rally community members to rapidly transform run-down sections of urban neighborhoods, often launching continued efforts and revitalization of those areas.

These quick changeovers, or “tactical urbanism,” as the New York Times dubbed it, often involve landscaping, planting trees, erecting pop-up businesses such as coffee and flower shops and designating walkways and bike paths – all in the matter of a few days. The effects of these quick changes have influenced several cities around the world to invest and bring new life and business into the areas.

Robert’s visit to campus is sponsored by IMPACT, the student programming board at Minnesota State Mankato’s Centennial Student Union. His talk is free and open to the public and takes place in conjunction with Minnesota State Mankato’s “Big Event,” a community clean-up project planned for Saturday, April 26. In the “Big Event” student volunteers spend the day in the greater Mankato area performing tasks such as window-washing, painting and more for businesses, organizations and individuals who have put in requests for such work.

For more information, please contact Morgan Romero by phone at 651-402-4788 or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,409 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

For Minnesota State Mankato events: individuals with a disability, who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this event, are asked to contact the Office of Accessibility Resources at 507-389-2825 (V/TTD), 800-627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTD) at least five days prior to the event.

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