To provide civic innovators in Knight communities with the best knowledge on how to improve public spaces through 8-80 Cities' study tours, the Emerging City Champions program and the city residency programs.
Rethinking municipal signs that typically tell people “what not to do,” to spur fun, imagination and positivity throughout Charlotte; the project will create signs that provide amusing, enchanting, fun options: You can dance! You can sing! You can skip!
Helping residents more easily connect with their local government and get involved with civic issues through pop-up events where they can meet elected officials, sign up for city services, and review area planning efforts.
Creating a mobile quiz show that will team local musicians and artists with cultural groups to entertain, enlighten and challenge diverse communities with questions about the city from the trivial to the pertinent and controversial.
To attract and retain talent, expand opportunity and build civic engagement by funding the creation and operation of the Better Block Foundation, a nonprofit focused on engaging people in rapidly making their neighborhoods more vibrant.
To foster civic engagement by providing technology planning and tools to transform a historic movie theater into an active public space in the heart of Uptown Charlotte.
To help Trees Charlotte grow the city's celebrated tree canopy, which contributes to the beauty of the city's public spaces and enhances robust public life.
To enhance public life and the beauty of public spaces in Charlotte by creating the endowed Knight Charlotte Canopy Restoration Fund in support of TreesCharlotte, a public-private partnership committed to maintaining and expanding the tree canopy of the city.
To expand opportunity in the historic West End of Charlotte by preparing local businesses and the community to take advantage of the new streetcar link to Uptown by creating a new business improvement district.
Bringing people together to connect and engage in four Knight resident cities (San Jose, Detroit, West Palm Beach) with a musical swings installation that plays music when used and more complex melodies when people collaborate to use them together.
To create the Knight Charlotte Cycling Fund to support a planning process to be led by Alta Planning or other subject matter expert and implementation of specific activities to make Charlotte a more bike-friendly city.
To provide pre-development support to transform a historic movie theater into an active civic space in the heart of Uptown Charlotte that promotes community engagement.