Via Inhabitat and BLDGBLOG comes word of the Ben Franklin Coffeehouse Challenge. It’s sponsored by Starbucks, and goes like this: You get together with some folks at your neighborhood, um, Starbucks, and talk about what changes you’d like to see in your community — more parks and bike paths, less graffiti, whatevs. You keep meeting while you shape it up into a real plan, and then you submit it to the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary. The plans are reviewed, a winner is chosen, and Starbucks funds the winning plan to the tune of $3000.

Right now it’s only for the "Delaware Valley/Central PA" area, and let’s face it, $3000 is pretty dinky, but maybe if it’s a big success it will spread around and Starbucks will up the ante.

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A pretty neat idea, all around.

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