Start the countdown, Syracuse. We have ONE WEEK LEFT to champion this town as an innovative, growing and worth city of recognition on World Cities Day 2014.
The idea is to develop a new, worldwide urban agenda – to spot which cities are growing fastest and what steps they are taking towards improvement. The Gaurdian reports that two-thirds of the world’s population will be living in urban areas by 2030. By that time, who knows what is possible for Syracuse.
Cities should thrive off of one another, not be in constant competition. We can learn from the mistakes and victories in sister-city development and use those ideas to smoothly further our own agendas. But no city is alike, so let’s show the world what we do best and how we do it.
I challenge you to send your ideas about Syracuse to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, Sept. 26.
They’re looking for a brief, 100-word outline of you and your city’s (Syracuse) idea. City representatives will be selected by Sept. 30 to be featured on Guardian Cities website. Readers from around the world will be able to follow from city to city, ask questions of the representatives and debate ideas. An expert panel of UN-Habitat reps and Guardian Cities editors will assess the entries and choose the winning city at the end of the day on Oct. 31.
The theme is Leading Urban Transformations.
How can Syracuse join part in this global conversation? How is Syracuse leading urban transformation? What neighborhood and local initiatives do YOU think are worthy of praise?
Then email the Guardian! For more information on submissions, click here.