The idea of a community front porch on the State House grounds has won the city of Columbia a nearly $200,000 Knight Foundation award.
Columbia’s idea is among 33 proposed projects nationwide to be chosen to split $5 million. The 33 winners were selected from among 4,500 ideas submitted across the United States, the foundation announced Monday. “The State’s Front Porch” will receive $195,000.
“The Knight Cities Challenge works to uncover the ideas, people and collaborations that help to advance deeper civic engagement and contribute to city success,” said Sam Gill, Knight Foundation vice president for communities and impact.
“The winners join a network of civic innovators who are showing us the ways in which our cities can shape their futures to help solve pressing challenges and create new opportunities,” Gill said in a statment.
Columbia’s idea, submitted by the city’s planning administrator John Fellows, encourages residents to connect with their government by reimagining the State House as a front porch that would include events, seating and alternative work spaces throughout the Capitol grounds.