Counting down to the DESIGNchallenge, kicking off Friday February 20th.
20 teams will compete to envision a less auto-centric future for Philadelphia. If you are in Philadelphia on February 25th, come to the Kimmel Center to see civic innovation in action.
About the 2015 Challenge
Philadelphia grew up around its dense, colonial street grid, which laid the perfect foundation for walkable, transit- oriented communities. This is one reason why Philadelphia is one of the top 5 cities in the country with commuters walking, biking, or using transit. And yet even with accessible transit, the 20th century ideal of car ownership persists. Philadelphians believe that we can do better.
The American Public Transportation Association estimates that the average Philadelphia household can save close to $12,000 per year by eliminating one car and riding transit. These savings would help bolster struggling families, businesses, and communities across the city. The environmental dividend would also be significant – riding SEPTA reduces greenhouse gas emissions and improves air quality.
How can we change our transit system and car culture to achieve the economic, social, and environmental dividends from a less auto-centric future?