37 Winning Ideas to Make Cities More Successful

The annual Knight Cities Challenge invites anyone and everyone to submit ideas about how to make the 26 communities where the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation invests more vibrant places to live and work. On April 12, the Foundation announced that 37 projects will share $5 million as winners of its 2015 challenge, which launched last October and attracted more than 4,500 ideas about how to help cities attract and keep talented people, expand economic opportunities and create a culture of civic engagement. …

Super Bowl Cities Are Champs at Creating Livable Communities

Can you believe the 2015 football season is drawing to a close? Indeed, Super Bowl 50 is this Sunday, Feb. 7: Peyton Manning’s Denver Broncos vs. Cam Newton’s Carolina Panthers. While I am a baseball fan first and foremost, I do make time on the weekends in the fall and winter to watch NCAA and NFL football. Although Carolina vs. Denver sounds like it’s going to be action packed, I’m mostly looking forward to the game because of the subplots: …

Eye on a Prize: Making America’s Communities Livable

When you think of winning a prize, what’s your first thought? Is it actually finding something in a box of Cracker Jack? Maybe, winning Lotto? (I was really hoping for that Powerball jackpot recently.) Or is it simply the thrill that comes with winning the prize? Whatever it may be, we love prizes. I can’t think of anyone I know who doesn’t. When Charles Lindbergh made his famous transatlantic flight from New York to Paris in 1927, it was for …

Communities Benefit From Digital Inclusion

Today, almost everyone in the United States has the option of purchasing an Internet connection. Yet tens of millions of Americans do not share in many of the social and economic benefits that Internet use affords. An increasing number of communities are taking action to address this issue. Beyond the digital divide The term “digital divide” first appeared 20 years ago to describe the gap between those who have access to the Internet and those who do not. The goal …

We Need to Create Communities for a Lifetime

Too many of us are outgrowing our homes and communities. They’re not becoming too small, like children’s clothes, but they just don’t fit us very well as we get older. It’s time to make some changes. So to advance the conversation about what the future of housing might look like, AARP and AARP Foundation collaborated with the Atlantic and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to organize a two-day summit on this critical issue last week. The summit’s …

Foundations Are Offering $$$ and More to Livable Communities

I have a long-standing point of view: The issue of livable communities is too big and important for any one sector to solve the challenge. For there to be a sustainable movement to create more walkable, livable communities across the country, every sector needs to be at the table. A healthy, balanced and successful effort requires that each group has its place, making different contributions. A few years ago we looked at the different sectors that were involved in livable communities …