About the Next American City Challenge

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How is your city addressing the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century? Is it  developing transportation alternatives to the car? Is it rehabilitating vacant properties and preparing for demographic shifts and economic changes? Are you and your friends creating innovative ways to engage your fellow citizens and encourage others to experience your city?

Next American City, in association with IBM’s Smarter Cities Scan, invites you to join us in exploring the future of cities. For the next 30 days, we challenge you to tell us why your city deserves to be called the Next American City. Tell us why you live in the Next American City by responding to the following question:

How is your city sharing data, engaging its citizens and planning for demographic shifts and other challenges? You can submit a post right on the Tumblr site, send it via email to smartercities@tumblr.com, or if you have a Tumblr site, just tag it ‘nac‘ and we’ll reblog it from your site to the Smarter Cities Scan.

You can write about your own projects and ideas, or highlight the work of another individual or group. You can post video accounts of progress in your city, or upload photos of exciting spaces and events. From a creative personal project to a large-scale plan, we want to share your efforts to make your city better. The authors of the 3 most popular posts, based on the number of ‘likes’ received, will win a free, year-long subscription to Next American City. The city that gets the most posts will be features in an article on our website.

A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2003, Next American City promotes socially and environmentally sustainable economic growth in America’s cities and examines how and why our built environment, economy, society, and culture are changing. We publish a quarterly magazine, maintain an website that is updated daily, coordinate an emerging urban leaders program, host events across the country, and advocate for issues central to the future of cities. To learn more, visit www.americancity.org.


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