Monthly archives for October, 2013

Creating a “Better Block”

Last Friday, Helix’s Matt Kleinmann and Carissa Loehr played crucial roles in developing Kansas City’s second ever Better Block KC event. Better Block’s objective is to imagine a ‘complete streets’ vision where temporary design concepts are implemented to highlight the potential viability of a more walkable and sustainable community.

This year’s Better Block focused on introducing the Crossroads neighborhood to a tangible expression of the proposed KC Streetcar. Working with members of such organizations as USGBC, HDR, and KCRTA, Helix sponsored the display of a full-scale streetcar mock-up. The mock-up gave the public a very real experience of how a pedestrian-oriented streetscape can become a catalyst for transit-oriented development.

For more information regarding the concepts addressed in the Better Block model, visit the following link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntwqVDzdqAU

Open PhotoThe chosen site for Kansas City's second annual Better Block demonstration is situated at the corner of 19th and Main Street. The chosen site for Kansas City's second annual Better Block demonstration is situated at the corner of 19th and Main Street.
Open PhotoAfter the Better Block installation, a full-scale KC Streetcar mock-up and kiosks representing corresponding development bring new energy and life to the same location as pictured above. After the Better Block installation, a full-scale KC Streetcar mock-up and kiosks representing corresponding development bring new energy and life to the same location as pictured above.

11 October, 2013 | Art, Culture, Helix People

It’s All Scissors for Sam

Helix’s participation in Missouri Bank’s annual Rock Paper Scissor’s tournament came with a special twist this year. Sam Loring won our internal RPS tournament and was quickly dubbed “Samscissorhands.” For his First Friday’s performance, he came in costume and made us proud with pursed lips, reclusive demeanor, and scissors-exclusive throws. Although his clever tactics did not produce winning results, they did give all audiences an opportunity to share in laughter.


2 October, 2013 | Community Outreach, Culture, Cycling

Helix Bikers Join MS 150

The biking culture is alive at Helix, and what better way to celebrate that fact than to combine the biking experience with a good cause. Mark Neibling and Mason Hansen, Helix’s most avid bikers, rode with team “Cutters” in the MS150 the weekend of September 14th and 15th. The route took participants from Olathe, Kansas to South Park in Lawrence, Kansas where members camped overnight. The event was very successful, especially for Team Cutter’s who raised $25,972 for the MS cause!

Open PhotoPictured above are Mark Neibling and Mason Hansen of Helix riding in the MS150. Pictured above are Mark Neibling and Mason Hansen of Helix riding in the MS150.