Lorain Better Block

MAY 19, 2018 (Sat)

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#LorainBetterBlock or #LBB for short, is a celebration of the community. We want to temporarily demonstrate what the best block in the City of Lorain could look like. With the help and input of the community, we will be transforming Broadway in the heart of downtown Lorain.
On Saturday May 19th, from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm Broadway will be filled with bike lanes, better crosswalks, improved lighting, improved sidewalks, more seating, mini parks, a beer garden, local vendors, and pop-up shops.

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© Photo by Ron Jantz, courtesy FireFish Festival

A Better Block?

A “better block” is a street designed for users of all ages and abilities. Our Better Block demonstration is a temporary transformation of the built environment and gives communities a chance to test and promote new ideas that can improve their block. Streets that are safe for all road users - walkers, bicyclists, and cars - and promote connectivity are an important tool to revitalize economies. Our Better Block Event allows communities to experience a street built by people, for people without having to go through years of planning and millions of dollars.

#LorainBetterBlock will take place on Broadway between 5th and 8th streets, and will highlight how adopting complete street policies can promote economic development in Lorain. Broadway will remain open to cars, though the traffic pattern will temporarily change. On street parking will remain for residents with limited mobility. Bike parking will be available in the event area. All Lorain residents are strongly encouraged to bike or walk to the event!

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What's on?


There will be food trucks available and local restaurants will be open for business too.


There will be opportunities to play with our giant chess set.


Shop for local goods at pop-up stores.


Test out our temporary bike lanes, or just chill in mini parks that will line the streets!


DownTown Shop Walk (11 am ~ 8pm)

Get your DSW Passport from the first location you visit and take it with you to each business. Ask each business to validate your passport before you leave! Visit at least 8 locations & turn in your passport to be entered into the raffle at your last stop.

Pokemon Go Tours

1pm, 3pm, 5pm - Pokemon Tour

2pm, 6pm - Pokemon Quiz Show

Games and prizes to follow!

Live Drumline Performance

By Deputies Drumline between 4pm ~ 5pm, weather permitting.

Free Yoga Classes

2pm - Gentle Yoga, 6pm - Slow Flow by Threads of Wellness (also one of the vendors at LBB!)

Vendors & Volunteers

At Lorain Better Block on May 19th you'll meet the following VENDORS and many more!

Our Partners

#LorainBetterBlock was made possible by the time, resources, sweat and tears of the following partners:

Lorain County Public Health, City of Lorain, Lorain Public Library, #LorainProud organizers, Lorain Police Department, FireFish Arts, United Way, Lorain Port Authority, Lorain County Community Action Agency, Lorain Historical Society, Jevon Terance Fashion Line, The Gonzalez Family, and many community members.

Contact Us

Posting on social networks? Please use tags #LorainBetterBlock or #LBB

Want to help promoting #LBB?

Download event flyer, print it out and distribute it to your family and friends, share on your social networks or place in a visible spot at your store. Thanks!

Lorain Better Block promo flyer