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Knight Foundation awards 6 Detroit projects $600K

Posted on March 31, 2015

Detroit will be one of three cities to have an urban consulate where city dwellers and travelers can have a cross-city cultural exchange.

Claire Nelson’s plan to create such consulates — first in Detroit and then in New Orleans and Philadelphia — as a safe space for inquisitive minds and provocative ideas has won praise and financial support from the first Knight Cities Challenge.

An initiative by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the challenge is a nationwide competition that attracted more than 7,000 ideas from 26 communities. The idea is to create a project to make towns more vibrant places to live and work. Detroit had 1,000 submissions.

Knight officials will announce Tuesday that Detroit represents six of the 32 winners who will share $5 million.

All the winning projects focus on talent, opportunity and engagement, Knight officials said, which are three drivers of city success.