The idea was for cities to find new, innovative solutions to national problems at the local level.
Knoxville, like many cities, has neighborhoods in our urban core that have been designated as “food deserts” - places with few local grocers, where food prices are often high and healthy food choices are narrow. Many of those neighborhoods also suffer blight from abandoned or neglected properties, and other symptoms of disinvestment.
In my view, that matrix of familiar problems presents an opportunity for innovation. Our proposal for the Bloomberg Mayors Challenge connects underused urban spaces with the need for good, local jobs and good, local food.
The idea for an Urban Food Corridor came from responses the City received when we asked local residents to submit their own ideas for Knoxville’s proposal. It offers an inventive, sustainable approach to several persistent challenges in our core neighborhoods.
Huffington Post is asking people to cast their votes for their favorite ideas. Remember that the winning city gets $5M to help implement the proposed plan.