Nine of the most inspiring ideas I’ve seen this year

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Breathing Lights, a temporary exhibit that was part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge.

By James Anderson, Bloomberg Philanthropies Government Innovation

Amidst numerous global crises and fractured national politics, many are looking with increased urgency to cities for hope and to drive human progress. That’s why, now more than ever, we need bold creativity from local leaders. Here are nine ideas — some funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, many that aren’t—that show that our cities, and their leaders, are more than up to the task.

  • Breathing light into abandoned homes (Albany, Schenectady, and Troy, N.Y.): In neighborhoods where blight has taken a heavy toll, it can be easy to forget that these boarded up properties once were homes filled with people and activity. Breathing Lights, a temporary exhibit that was part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge, made hundreds of these vacant buildings pulsate with life once again. Check it out.

Originally posted on Bloomberg.org

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