2015 Bright Idea
City of Philadelphia, PA
Innovations in American Government Awards

Setting out to visualize the relationship between cultural activity in Philadelphia and its economic and social fabric, this government partnership first created an online mapping tool loaded with 50 datasets to identify the unique solutions the city’s creative economy can provide and then conducted analytic research to catalyze urban recovery and lead to additional neighborhood investment. CultureBlocks, managed by the city of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, aggregates cultural assets and demographic information in a single, digital forum. Individuals can use CultureBlocks to make strategic investment decisions and identify cultural disparities across the city of Philadelphia in a highly visual, relationship-driven manner.