Better Block

The Prince George’s Planning Department has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Better Block. The Better Block Foundation is a non-profit organization whose goals are to educate, equip, and empower communities and their leaders to reshape and reactivate built environments to promote the growth of healthy and vibrant neighborhoods. (Source:

Better Block will work with our team to design and fabricate a highly mobile unit for rapid implementation of community-built items to attract people to public spaces. 

Better Block’s team will rethink a 20-foot shipping container, which will serve as storage when not activated, and as a pop-up kiosk and marketing tool while activated. Along with placemaking elements, such as seating, games, and lighting, Better Block will also work with local stakeholders to determine custom-built elements that will accentuate placemaking activities. 

Together, we will create a unit that can not only engage the community but also activate public spaces. 

Potential areas include Suitland, Upper Marlboro and Capitol Heights. Project website page is forthcoming and a discussion of social distancing placemaking activities.

For more information about Better Block, please visit their web page at

  1. Christina Hartsfield

    Planner Coordinator
    Phone: 301-952-3410