The 2015 Emerging City Champions are implementing projects across eight cities in the US that will strengthen mobility, improve public spaces, and enhance civic engagement in their cities. These 25 projects were chosen from over 150 applications for their ingenuity, potential impact on the target communities, and ability to partner with diverse stakeholders to create community change. Learn more about their projects below:

2015 Champions


David Swirsky
Oakdale Pocket Park

Amber Genet
Love Letters to Our City


Margarita Barry
Block x Block

Cornetta Lane
Detroit Dialogues

Kyle W. Bartell
Sit On It Detroit

Ciarra Ross
Heal Detroit

Chad Rochkind
Walkable Corktown

Orlando Bailey
Creating Our Destination Environment (C.O.D.E.)


Johnny Wakefield
Small Town Uptown

Varian Shrum
Neighborhood Living Room

San Jose

Erin Salazar
The Exhibition District

Zia MacWilliams
The Mobile Cafe

Justin Triano
Sunset Bridge Project

Marlo Custodio
By Any Media Necessary (BAMN) Squad

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Emerging City Champions Application Form

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