Posted by George Abbott
Knight Cities Challenge winners from 2015 and 2016 convene in Philadelphia.
During this contentious election season one theme has remained constant across party lines: an unshakeable belief in the American power to innovate. We at Knight Foundation also believe that good ideas can come from anywhere, and anyone. It’s ...
Feb. 24, 2015, 10:06 a.m., Posted by Juan Carlos Pérez-Duthie
Executive director of Cannonball, Christopher Cook. Photo by Tatiana Hernandez.
In a four-story, 1924 industrial building in downtown Miami, creative ideas are being developed and launched. That’s only fitting, since this renovated former warehouse is the home of Cannonball.
The name alludes to one of the word’s meanings as “a jump in the water with the arms holding the knees tight against the chest.” And that is what Cannonball has done: Dive into the South Florida arts scene with a major splash.
From its foundation in 2003 as LegalArt, whose original purpose was to provide free legal services and professional development programs to emerging artists—something it still does with its LegalLink initiative—Cannonball has grown into a full-fledged arts organization; it supports innovative art creation and those who make it happen, and fosters educational opportunities to engage in a dialogue with the community (there is a classroom in the building where courses and seminars are held as part of a non-traditional study program called r.a.d, for research.art.dialogue).
Feb. 24, 2015, 9:41 a.m., Posted by CSchwartz
Feb. 24, 2015, 8:20 a.m., Posted by Daniel Harris
Photo by Mike Boening Photography on Flickr.
Much of the world will forever know San Jose, Calif., not as the “Capital of Silicon Valley,” but as the longed-for destination in Dionne Warwick’s 1968 hit, “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?” The song, which flew to the top of the charts and sold more than a million copies worldwide, celebrates “a place where I can stay … and ... find some peace of mind.”
In 2015, those goals are much more elusive. Start talking with anyone in this city of a million -- from the homeless to hometown executives -- and all conversational roads lead to housing. The conversations are usually less around the where, but the how: How many jobs do you work to afford your place? How far is your commute? How much over the asking price did you pay?
On one end of the market, San Jose/Santa Clara County hosts the nation’s fifth-highest homeless population, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Until recently San Jose was home to “The Jungle,” one of the largest homeless encampments in the nation, until the city closed it -- this in the center of Silicon Valley, home of groundbreaking innovation that is changing our world.
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