Knight Cities Challenge finalists push creative limits
A mobile city hall for Boulder, Colorado. A new linear park in Miami. Intergenerational pop-up parks in Macon, Georgia, that unite city dwellers of all ages. These are among the inspiring ideas submitted by the 158 finalists selected for the Knight Cities Challenge. They were chosen from more than 4,500 applicants.
The contest, sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, aims to make the 26 U. S. communities where the philanthropy invests better places to live and work. The three-year, $15 million commitment by the foundation was announced in 2014.
There’s no shortage of imaginative thinking among the finalists. Biloxi, Mississippi, envisions an urban “retail village” created from repurposed shipping containers. Charlotte, North Carolina, would create a card game that teaches players about the city’s history and landmarks. Several municipalities are proposing pop-up events, classes and stores.
Winners, to be announced in the spring, will share $5 million in funding. The foundation selected 32 initiatives for its first round of winners in March 2015.