The Knight Foundation has announced 126 finalist projects for the “Knight Cities Challenge”. The “Challenge” saw over 7,000 entries from all 26 Knight Foundation communities including Miami, Philadelphia, Detroit, San Jose, and Ft. Wayne.
Initial proposals could come from anywhere as long as they affected Knight Foundation communities and focused in some capacity on talent, opportunity, and engagement to help drive “city success”. Finalists are now invited to submit full proposals. Those projects selected will then receive a shared portion of 5 million dollars.
Categorically, the largest percentage of finalist projects, 24%, were focused on revitalizing public spaces and encouraging personal stake holding in communities. The second largest category of finalist projects, 20%, were focused on “supporting a changing urban economy.”
Two projects from Ft. Wayne were selected from a wealth of applicants, Detroit sporting the largest number of entries at 1,365 submitted projects. The Ft. Wayne finalists are listed below
- Pop-Up Neighborhood by City of Fort Wayne (Submitted by Kate Riordan): Creating pop-up vibrant neighborhoods by providing entrepreneurs subsidized rates in small sections of underused commercial corridors for an extended time to stimulate public and private investment in targeted areas.
- Re:Place | Re:Purpose by Big Car Collaborative (Submitted by Jim Walker): Testing quick, innovative solutions for repurposing vacant buildings and bringing more vitality to neighborhoods by bringing together a local team of artists, landscape architects, city planners and other community members.
Our sincerest congratulations to the finalists and to all those who submitted proposals!