Build the Better Block starting Tomorrow!!!

Hi everyone,

Team Better Block is en route to Boston from Dallas, and we're gearing up to put up the Better Block over the next few days. Volunteer schedule is below- we're still looking for people to sign up! Please note that the event will happen rain or shine. It looks like the bul of the rain will be gone by Saturday, so keep your fingers crossed that the forecast keeps improving. If we need to move any build workshops around on Friday due to the rain, please be on the lookout on this page or the Facebook event page for updates. We look forward to seeing you all this week!

Volunteers Still Needed!

Hi everyone, we still need volunteer help for our workshops next week to get Better Block up and going. You can see the schedule and sign up here:

Dinah's House Open House before Better Block

Hi all, our friend Joe Merrill is going to be hosting an open house at Hamel Mill on Saturday morning, May 6, prior to Better Block/O+ to talk about a great project in the Haverhill TDI District called Dinah's House. Here's a message from Joe:

Headed to the Block Party on May 6th? Come a little bit early for some free coffee, pastries, and live music. All are invited to drop in anytime between 9am and Noon at Hamel Mill Lofts and learn more about how you can make a real different in the lives of women and children of downtown Haverhill. Since Dinah’s House first open it doors just over a year ago many women have been given a space in the city to find and create community as they piece together better futures for themselves and their children. This event is the final stage of a 10 day crowdfunding campaign designed to get 100 people to donate $25 a month. #KeepDinahsDoorsOpen

First Multicultural Committee Networking Event!

Now Accepting Proposals for Pop-Up Shops!

We're now accepting proposals for pop-up shops for the Better Block event on May 6! Do you make delicious bbq, empanadas, or pho and dream about one day having a restaurant? Do you create things that you sell on Etsy and wonder whether a storefront concept might work for you? We can help you build and curate a pop-up shop for the Better Block event to try your concept out! If you or anyone you know is interested, please click here and tell us a little more about your concept!

Better Block Meeting Tonight

Just a reminder that we'll be meeting tonight at 6pm at the Greater Haverhill Chamber. All are welcome!

Announcing Haverhill Better Block!

Hi all,

We're going to be updating this page again soon with details on how to get involved with the Haverhill Better Block, happening on May 6! This will be a great chance to participate in creating an active path forward for downtown. Please click here to sign up to volunteer and get more info.

Lottery for Affordable Units at Harbor Place

Hi all,

Just an update that the application for the lottery for the affordable and workforce units in the new Harbor Place building in the heart of the TDI District is now available. Please feel free to forward to anyone that you think might be interested.

Slides from Tuesday's Meeting


The slides from Tuesday's presentation are now posted on this page. Thank you to all of you that attended the meeting and otherwise provided valuable input. We are working on creating a final package that includes appendices with additional data. 


Meeting Tonight

Just a reminder that we will be presenting our Urban Design Plan for the Merrimack Street district tonight in approximately 1 hour at the City Council Meeting!! City Council Chambers, 7pm

Urban Design Study Final Presentation - 6/21

Hi everyone,

Our final urban design plan presentation for the TDI District will take place on Tuesday, June 21 at 7pm at Haverhill City Council. City Hall- 4 Summer Street. Please help spread the word, and we hope to see you there.

All my best,


Heaventown Buzz Festival Next Weekend

Placemaking Events at Goecke Park

For those of you who haven't yet heard, we're sponsoring a series of placemaking events downtown to bring people down to Merrimack Street and demonstrate the market for more permanent facilities. Here is a flyer for the event this weekend featuring public art and Haverhill's best youth rock bands. Follow "We Have It In Haverhill" on facebook for full updates on events. 

Meeting in Spanish/Reunion en espanol este domingo

Spanish language outreach meeting this Sunday at St. James Parish- details below.

Reunion este domingo a las 12:30pm en español . Vamos a presentar nuestro trabajo de planificación en conjunto con el Concurso de Working Cities. Iglesia de la Parroquia de St. James 185 Winter Street , Haverhill , MA. Por favor informe a sus amigos de habla hispana. 

Meeting in Spanish/Reunion en espanol este domingo

Spanish language outreach meeting this Sunday at St. James Parish- details below.

Reunion este domingo a las 12:30pm en español . Vamos a presentar nuestro trabajo de planificación en conjunto con el Concurso de Working Cities. Iglesia de la Parroquia de St. James 185 Winter Street , Haverhill , MA. Por favor informe a sus amigos de habla hispana. 

Haverhill Journal

I discuss our planning initiatives on this week's Haverhill Journal.

Please keep the comments coming on this site and stay tuned for next steps. Thanks!

February 24 Open House Slides

For those of you who missed the open houses last week, the slides are now available on this site under "Plans and Information." 

Open Houses Next Wednesday - 2/24

Just a reminder that our Open Houses are happening next Wednesday.  A flyer is attached with specific details. Please share!

Placemaking Proposals Due 2/19!!

Hi all,

In case you haven't seen in, Creative Haverhill has an RFP out for placemaking proposals for the underutilized public park at the Goecke Deck- please submit your ideas and forward to anybody you know that might be interested.

Schedule for February 24

Hi all,

Here's a schedule of events for February 24. This will be much more informal than previous meetings and we are designing it to maximize discussion between the public and our team. Please spread to your networks and send me an email at if you're planning on attending any of the events (not required, but will help to have a rough head count).

Daytime Lunch Hour Open House: 12pm-2pm at Pentucket Bank Community Room, 35 Merrimack Street

Evening Open House: 5pm-7:45pm at Hamel Mill Lofts, enter at 40 Locke Street

Spanish Open House: 8pm-9pm at St. James Parish, Lower Church, Winter Street Entrance

Planning Study Open House - Feb. 24 !!!!!!

Hi everyone, 

Our team has been hard at work, and I am excited to announce that we will be having another public outreach event for the Urban Design Study on Wednesday, February 24. Rather than do a traditional public meeting, we are going to organize a more informal and more interactive open house. We will have lunch time hours for those working in Haverhill and around during the day, as well as after work hours for those who live in town and are busy during the workday. Exact times and locations to follow soon. Please spread the word and stay tuned for updates!!!!

Downtown Residents

Hi everyone. One group we've had a hard time reaching in our public outreach is downtown residents--I'm talking especially about folks who live in apartments and condos in the downtown core and immediately surrounding areas. Does anyone have any ideas about people we can talk to who might be active downtown residents that would be interested in our work and able to bring more of their neighbors to the table? Feel free to email me at if you fit this description or know of someone who does. Thanks!

Public Meeting Recap

Thanks to all who attended the public meeting last night at 90 Washington. We had a full house and tremendously insightful comments and questions from the public. I have uploaded the presentation slides to this site and will add a link to the HC Media footage of the meeting once that becomes available. In the meantime, please feel free to use the "Community Forum" feature to comment on the discussions already going or start your own. Stay tuned for the next meeting, which will likely be scheduled at the end of January or beginning of February. As always, feel free to contact me at with any questions.

Public Meeting Tonight 12/21!

Please join us for a public meeting on the urban design plan tonight, 12/21 at 7pm!!! 90 Washington Street, next to the Tap. HC Media will be filming for those unable to attend.

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