McKinney adds activated spaces with Better Block in a Box program

A local artist customized McKinney's new box from Better Block in a Box. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
A local artist customized McKinney's new box from Better Block in a Box. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)

A local artist customized McKinney's new box from Better Block in a Box. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)

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McKinney's new box from Better Block in a Box resides on Kentucky Street. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
Those exploring downtown McKinney this weekend might notice a new addition on Kentucky Street: a decorated and activated shipping container.

The container arrived Sept. 28. It is part of a program called Better Block in a Box, which aims to help communities “promote the growth of healthy and vibrant neighborhoods.”

Included in the box are string lights, places for people to sit, and activities for people of all ages, officials said. Once set up, the shopping container can become a bar, a check-in kiosk or an inside gallery.

“We know downtown merchants experience increased foot traffic and increased sales in conjunction with downtown events,” said Amy Rosenthal, director of McKinney Main Street and the McKinney Performing Arts Center, in an email. “Better Block in a Box will provide McKinney Main Street with a quick and easy way to generate ‘pop-up’ events. These events will provide important insight to areas that may be developed as pedestrian spaces in the future.”

The box will primarily reside on Kentucky Street but could also be used for activities with the city’s other departments and local nonprofits, she said.


The box was funded by the McKinney Community Development Corp. for $66,000. Find out more at www.betterblock.org.
By Miranda Jaimes
Miranda has been in the North Texas area since she graduated from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014. She reported and did design for a daily newspaper in Grayson County before she transitioned to a managing editor role for three weekly newspapers in Collin County. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 covering Tarrant County news, and is now back in Collin County as the editor of the Frisco and McKinney editions.


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