June 15, 2017
Developers are intent on making the area a pedestrian-friendly, aesthetically-appealing, and culturally-rich place to live.
Ft. Lauderdale's Flagler Village is home to a growing population of artists.
Food and drinks are part of the street party, which also helps promote small businesses.
Richard Vergez is among the artists participating in Revel on the Block.
While Miamians continue to debate the authenticity of Wynwood's success, a new art-centric neighborhood is developing slowly but organically to the north. That neighborhood is Ft. Lauderdale's Flagler Village, home to a growing population of artists and urban developers intent on making the area a pedestrian-friendly, aesthetically-appealing, and culturally-rich place to live. It is also home to FAT Village (Flagler Arts Technology), a hub of studios and spaces with its own art walk every last Saturday of the month.
This Saturday, July 27, FAT Village will team up with the bi-annual Revel on the Block event. Part street party and small business booster, Revel aims to help create a tangible sense of community by highlighting the area’s creative initiatives, shops, improved urban landscaping, and local artists. Among the all-day festivities will be live music and mural painting. A number of local food trucks will roll in as well, including Palate Party, Gastropod, and Dim Ssäm à gogo.
Revel on the Block is an extension of last year’s successful “Build a Better FTL” endeavor, in which architecture and development firm Cadence reshaped two desolate blocks in downtown Ft. Lauderdale. Cadence has now joined with C&I Studios, a multidisciplinary media and production company, and helium creative, a boutique service design agency, to help produce Revel. Saturday’s event will be free and open to the public, taking place from 2 to11 p.m. N.W. First Ave., Ft. Lauderdale