Creative Funding for Pop-Up Park

In Philadelphia, a recent planning school graduate and his friends are attempting to create a pop-up park in East Passyunk using social media and contest winnings as funding tools.
May 24, 2010, 11am PDT | Tim Halbur
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Clint Randall, fresh from planning school, dreamed up the project, named the project "Reclaim Concrete", and entered it in the Pepsi Refresh Project for a potential grant. Randall is relying on the whims of internet voting to come through where city budgets can't.

Inga Saffron writes, "If Reclaim Concrete wins, Randall said, the East Passyunk Business Improvement District would receive $50,000 to transform a portion of the dreary traffic intersection where Passyunk Avenue slices 12th Street into a European-style, people-watching space outfitted with cafe tables, sailcloth umbrellas, and planters. The asphalt won't go away, but will be "retexturized" with a thick epoxy surface in a pleasant color, like green or beige."

Thanks to Donnie Maley

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Published on Monday, May 24, 2010 in Philadelphia Inquirer
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