BBBR Government Street (2013)

About Better Block BR Government Street (2013)

A project of the FutureBR Implementation Team, hosted by the Mayor's office of the City of Baton Rouge - Parish of East Baton Rouge, Center for Planning Excellence, and Mid City Redevelopment Alliance, Better Block BR will be a two day demonstration project coming to Government Street in Mid City on April 13th and 14th, 2013, exploring possibilities for transforming the corridor into a vibrant and safe destination for pedestrians and cyclists, while maintaining quality road design that optimizes traffic flow and access to businesses.

With support from Stantec (formerly ABMB), Baton Rouge Area Chamber, BR Walls Project, East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority, elbow/room, Launch Media, Mid City Merchants, and a host of volunteer residents and businesses, the installation will offer all users of a two block stretch (from Bedford to Beverly) a chance to experience new designs for the road, parking, sidewalks, landscaping, business fa├žades, and bike lanes. This event is all about community participation, so look for chances to give input ahead of the event, feedback during and after the event, and opportunities to stay engaged in ongoing community development. Thank you for supporting Better Block BR!

Questions? Contact us at betterblockbr [at] gmail [dot] com

Want to get involved? Fill out a volunteer form


  • Mayor's office of the City of Baton Rouge - Parish of East Baton Rouge
  • Center for Planning Excellence (CPEX)
  • Mid City Redevelopment Alliance (MCRA)
  • Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC)
  • Baton Rouge Area Foundation
  • BREC
  • BR Walls
  • Credit Bureau of Baton Rouge Foundation (CBBR)
  • East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority
  • elbow/room
  • Launch Media
  • Makaira Landscape
  • Mid City Merchants
  • PODS
  • Stantec (formerly ABMB)

Project Partners

  • 225 Magazine
  • American Planning Association (Capital Section of the Louisiana Chapter)
  • Baton Rouge Magnet High School
  • Big G’s Nursery
  • Bricks and Bombs
  • Catholic High School
  • Coca-Cola 
  • Community Coffee
  • Domino's Pizza
  • Downtown Duplicating
  • Garden District Nursery
  • Giraphic Prints
  • Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
  • Keep Baton Rouge Beautiful
  • La Carreta
  • Lamar Advertising
  • Landscape Depot
  • Letterman's Blue Print & Supply Co.
  • Louisiana Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects
  • Louisiana Office Supply
  • Mid City Bikes
  • Neighborland
  • Pro Print
  • Raising Cane's 
  • TrueValue (Government Street Hardware)

Press for Better Block BR Government Street (2013)

Better Block BR showed Mid City could become a jewel, report says
Greater Baton Rouge Business Report Daily Report | November 15, 2013

Government Street still awaiting permanent changes after Better Block BR, but plans are in the works | November 13, 2013

'Epic Success'
DIG Magazine | April 17, 2013

Better Block BR (video)
225 Magazine | April 16, 2013

Rain forces cancellation of Better Block BR on Sunday
Greater Baton Rouge Business Report Daily Report | April 15, 2013

Program reimagines Government Street
The Advocate | April 15, 2013

Better Block BR shows Government Street potential
The Daily Reveille | April 14, 2013

Better Block BR brings bicyclists, pedestrians to Government Street | April 13, 2013

Better Block BR to shrink Government Street
WBRZ | April 12, 2013

Better Block BR to transform Government Street this weekend
Greater Baton Rouge Business Report Daily Report | April 12, 2013

Better Block BR to temporarily transform Government Street this weekend | April 12, 2013

Culinary Productions and more at Better Block BR this weekend
225 Dine | April 11, 2013

A better block is upon us
225 Magazine | April 9, 2013

The block rockin' beat
225 Magazine | March 31, 2013

Building Blocks
The Advocate | March 30, 2013

Better Block BR Demonstration
Healthy Living in BR program | March 18, 2013

Better Block BR volunteer event scheduled for Thursday, help sought | March 7, 2013

Art and smart growth roundup
225 Magazine smART City Blog | March 6, 2013

Future Possibilities
DIG Magazine | February 27, 2013

Better Block BR's plan for Government Street includes lane reductions, kid's activities | February 19, 2013

The Road to Complete Streets
225 Magazine smART City Blog | February 13, 2013

Rightsizing Baton Rouge Streets
225 Magazine smART City Blog | February 13, 2013

A Road Better Traveled (PDF Download)
Currents - The Baton Rouge Area Foundation's Quarterly Magazine | Q1 2013

City eyes improvement plans for Government St.
The Advocate | December 4, 2012

Government Street to become "Better Block" testbed for revitalization | November 27, 2012