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Crowdsourcing in Boston, Food Access in New Orleans and Revitalization in Newark – Social Impact Across the U.S.

March 17, 2015 Category: Purpose

Boston’s City Hall Plaza


This week in Social Impact Across the U.S.:

  • Boston is crowdsourcing ideas from its well-educated residents on how to redevelop City Hall Plaza, the long-neglected center of civic life in the city. CityLab looks at the opportunity and limits of reaching outside government for ideas. Some promising ideas, including a design for a much greener plaza, have already been highlighted through the process.
  • Newark is trying to off-load vacant land by offering 100 plots for $1000 each, New York Times reports. The program, or “homestead sale,” attracted investors from across city and region, including all five boroughs of New York City. One interesting requirement: the properties had to be bought by a pair of people, in effort to attract families and couples with a commitment to the city. The buyers are also required to develop the property within 18 months and then spend five years living there.

What do you think about what’s happening in Social Impact Across the U.S.? How could Philly learn from other cities and states? Please leave a comment to help us bring the national and local conversations together.

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