A few months ago, we let blog and newsletter readers know about Bloomberg Philanthropies’ (yes, that Bloomberg) Mayors Challenge, a grant opportunity that asked cities across the country to compete for funding by submitting their innovative solutions to urban challenges that can be replicated in other communities.
Fall River and New Bedford, along with 10 other Massachusetts cities and 293 other cities nationwide, submitted applications for the September 14 deadline. Interestingly, both cities proposed solutions to deal with a problem that’s been particularly intractable in smaller industrial cities: vacant lots in residential neighborhoods. While articles in the Herald News and Standard Times don’t divulge many details about the innovative solutions these cities have cooked up (nor does Fall River’s YouTube video that was submitted with the application), we hope that even if funding isn’t awarded, positive change will come from this kind of creative thinking. Good luck to both communities!