A Possible Philadelphia

In 2015, when Reimagining the Civic Commons was still taking shape, Knight Foundation asked Dash Marshall to develop a vision of how the city of Philadelphia might feel if the Civic Commons “won” and became the animating spirit for public spaces and public goods across the city. The result is A Possible Philadelphia, a short film set in the near future.

It expands upon the notion of the Civic Commons, from public spaces to all of the things owned in common or paid for by the city—every tool, truck, tree bed and more. It’s a provocation that envisions the collection of civic assets available in all cities as a platform that empowers citizens to live, play, learn and work in ways that are meaningful to them.

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