Thursday, May 14, 2015

@WilliamPennFdn —
$11 million Philly investment:
"Reimagining the Civic Commons”

Can civic places, including libraries, parks, trails, plazas and community centers, be reimagined to make cities more successful? The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and William Penn Foundation are investing $11 million in an initiative led by Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park Conservancy to test this idea. The initiative will explore whether reinventing and connecting these public places as a network of civic assets will help cities attract and keep talented workers, advance economic opportunity, encourage residents to become more engaged in shaping their communities, and begin to level the playing field between more affluent communities and those in need. Read more: Building more successful cities the focus of new $11 million investment to reinvent Philadelphia’s public places.

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