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With the Jeremy Nowak Urban Innovation Award, The Citizen, in partnership with Spring Point Partners, will give out $50,000 to bring one urban solution from our Ideas We Should Steal Festival to Philadelphia.

And you can help us choose it.

Here’s how it works:

See, below, the ideas presented at the Festival.

Score each idea. (You’ll see the average score for each idea pop up when you vote.)

Stay tuned for an announcement about the top three scorers, along with a Request for Proposal to bring one here.

Apply for the grant, if so inclined.

  • 4.2 (83.22%) 149 votes

    Super High Speed Rail Throughout the Northeast Corridor

    The Northeast MagLev, which reaches speeds of 317 m.p.h., would go from Philly to New York City in 25 minutes, and DC in 30.

    Listen to the idea here, starting around the 22 minute mark:

  • 4.5 (89.07%) 291 votes

    Mail In Voting

    In Colorado, where all voting is done by mail, 61 percent of voters sent in a ballot in the midterm—about 25 percent more than the national average.

    Listen to the idea here, around the 29 minute mark:

  • 4.4 (88.93%) 233 votes

    Open Primaries

    Want to have candidates who are more in the middle? Open primaries let everyone—even independents—vote for who will be on the ballot.

    Listen to the idea here, around the 29 minute mark:

  • 3.8 (76.42%) 67 votes

    Universal Broadband

    Wide swaths of the population still don't have access to high speed internet. Colorado is changing that with a small portion of its tax base

    Listen to the idea here, around the 36 minute mark:

  • 4.6 (92.07%) 527 votes

    Fight Gentrification with Storytelling…and Bikes

    Detroit-based Pedal to Porch recruits residents to share stories about their neighborhood to participants traveling by bike from house to house. It is proving that connection between newer and older residents is one way to soften the effects of gentrification in cities.

  • 3.9 (77.78%) 81 votes

    Use Technology to End the Opioid Epidemic

    Communities across the country are joining together to fight the opioid epidemic by sharing data, including maps of overdoses, deaths, naloxone locations and old prescription drop boxes, as well as stories of success.

  • 4.1 (82.37%) 93 votes

    Guaranteed Income

    Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes made $450 million in three years. As he says: There’s something wrong with that. Now, he proposes a $500/month basic income for low-income Americans.

    Listen to the idea here, around the 19 minute mark:

  • 4.3 (85.26%) 95 votes

    Use Art to Keep Kids Out of Prison

    Philadelphia’s Bartram High School won last year’s Aspen Challenge with a 1000-crane origami sculpture to raise awareness of the schools to prison pipeline. Its tagline: Coronation over Incarceration. Now they want to bring their work to create a scholarship for someone previously incarcerated, and to launch an after school program.

  • 4.4 (87.65%) 81 votes

    Use City Data to Give Residents What They Want

    In Kansas City, Mayor Sly James married data to citizen engagement surveys to create city policies—and even got residents to pay for it.

  • 4.7 (94.78%) 295 votes

    Fight gun crime with pocket parks

    In Philadelphia—yes here!—Penn professors and the Horticulture Society made pocket parks out of abandoned lots in North Philly. It reduced crime and improved mental health. Broaden that citywide.

  • 4.9 (97.34%) 1015 votes

    Mitigate Gentrification

    Cat Goughnour’s Portland-based Right 2 Root actively involves existing communities in how their neighborhoods develop, as a way to help keep people—particularly underserved populations—in their homes.

    Watch here:


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  • 4.1 (82.94%) 102 votes

    Make Urban Education Fun

    The founder of Brooklyn’s Ascend Schools started with a “no excuses” disciplinary model in his charters. But he got real results when Ascend pivoted to a relationship-first model that emphasizes joy and curiosity in learning.

  • 4.2 (84.94%) 89 votes

    Celebrate Integrity, Rather Than Just Punishing Corruption

    Integrity Idol, in Nepal and six other developing countries, holds American Idol-like contests to find the most honest and effective civil servant in the country. Bring it here to change the culture of influence and corruption in Philly, too.

  • 3.6 (72.33%) 60 votes

    Teaching Empathy For Racial Reconciliation

    UNDIVIDED, a six-week spiritual journey from Cincinnati’s Crossroads Church, brings people together from different races for conversations and experiences that are healing the racial divide in the city.