Via Worldchanging, where they are quite enamored of Vancouver, I see the city’s 21 Places for the 21st Century contest.

Participants are encouraged to choose a favourite public place or site, and then propose a change or improvement to it. Changes can be abstract or concrete; permanent, temporary, or seasonal. Your chosen public space may be large or small, as may your change. Ideas for activities or programmes to be offered in a public place are also welcome. You’re only limited by your imagination.

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What if every city in North America held a similar contest?

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