Jason Roberts is a small business owner, community leader, and founder of The Better Block Project, a national movement that cities around the world are now embracing to help revitalize blighted and under developed neighborhoods. Through The Better Block, Jason has helped revitalize once-bypassed areas in his neighborhood, his city and in 15 cities throughout the United States. Jason also founded the Oak Cliff Transit Authority, and spearheaded the successful effort to land a $23 million federal grant that will fund a streetcar line from downtown Dallas to Oak Cliff. He co-founded Bike Friendly Oak Cliff, a biking initiative that has inspired 8 other bike friendly groups in the DFW area. In 2012 he received a White House Champions of Change award for his work on revitalizing the Dallas streetcar line and The Better Block projects. Image courtesy Oak Cliff Transit Authority
All you need to do to drive change in your community and move past stagnant committees and outdated regulation is to stop waiting around. Even if that means painting in your own crosswalks and blackmailing yourselves into action. In his...