Wanted (Now!): Great Ideas for 26 U.S. Cities

Last fall, the Knight Foundation issued a challenge seeking “compelling and innovative” ideas for improving the 26 cities where the Knight brothers (John S. and James L.) once owned newspapers. They’re doing it again this October by inviting everyone and anyone (individuals, groups, nonprofits, for-profits, governments) with a great idea that will advance talent, opportunity or engagement to submit ideas for a chance to receive some of the $5 million in 18-month grants Knight will be awarding at the city, neighborhood and block …

Are Your Streets Working for You?

America is changing politically, socially, demographically and economically – in ways that bode well for active transportation. Increasingly, we’re getting back to a nostalgic view of the street as providing the lifeblood and pulse of a neighborhood. It’s the place where shops and restaurants thrive on customer loyalty; where neighbors catch up and friends interact; where parents walk their kids to school. In essence, streets are reemerging as the fundamental context for placemaking, and it’s a change that comes just …