My big idea for cities in 2012: Social impact bonds, Outcomes-based permitting, Public Spaces

I have three ideas:

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1. Social impact bonds. Leveraging public dollars with private / nonprofit innovation and accountability.

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2. Outcomes-based permitting. Offering greater flexibility in urban design in order to stimulate private investment.

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3. Reclamation of government owned land for public space. Using vacant space (e.g., alleyways, utility corridors, overhead and underground railways) as parks, open space, public gardens, etc.

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What is your one big idea for cities in 2012? Submit a blog post to info@theurbanvision.com along with a bio & Pic.

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Mark Sullivan Mark Sullivan is a veteran public leader with a background in workforce policy, civil rights, and talent management. He is avid follower of trends in government performance and innovation, and currently serves as Workforce Policy Manager for the State of Washington. You can follow Mark on twitter at @markgsullivan.