Philadelphia Mayor Formally Creates Office of New Urban Mechanics

Philadelphia has taken a page out of Boston’s book by creating a new agency: the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics. The new agency — which Mayor Michael Nutter launched Oct. 1 at the Code for America Summit — is intended to serve as a hub of innovation that connects government with the public and initiate projects that solve civic problems. On Dec. 10, Nutter signed an executive order formally creating the agency, which already has spawned several small projects, including Neighborhow, a website that aims to help citizens improve their communities.

–  Government Technology

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