On Jan. 12, the Knight Foundation announced 158 finalists in its Knight Cities Challenge. After two months of deliberation, the organization selected the projects it believes have the potential to use a $5 million pool to improve the nation's urban areas.
The finalists, listed on the Knight Foundation blog, include Detroit and Philadelphia, both of which claimed the most finalists with 20 each. Detroit also received the most applications: 767.
Knight's winning projects will be those the foundation believes can be completed within 18 months and will meet the project's goals of innovation, advancing economic development, attracting and retaining talent, and improvement in overall quality of life.