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The urban innovation contest will focus on ways to help U. S. cities bolster talent, economic prosperity and civic engagement, the Knight Foundation says.
The use of hip hop music and storytelling to engage urban residents are among the creative ideas to receive the foundation’s support.
Proposals for the contest’s second round range from pop-up parks to a mobile city hall, according to the Knight Cities Challenge.
Winners of the Knight Cities Challenge include a Detroit program that will pair hair stylists with landscapers and a plan to install Charlotte’s signature porch swings in public places.
The philanthropy will give $5 million per year to initiatives that answer the question: “What’s your best idea to make cities more successful?”