For all of us who live in or close to a big city, here’s a provoca­tive idea: Mayors may be in the best posi­tion to offer big solu­tions, inno­va­tion and new ways to deliver ser­vices. Mayors have more ways to encourage change than com­mu­nity orga­ni­za­tions, than gov­er­nors or even presidents.

Whether you agree with that or not, it’s at the heart of Michael Bloomberg‘s big idea: The bil­lion­aire New York mayor is offering mil­lions of dol­lars in funding for new pro­grams to solve urban prob­lems and improve city life across America. Bloomberg Phil­an­thropies is chal­lenging mayors from around the country to com­pete for the money.

The city with the best idea — whether it’s a way to solve health prob­lems or improve edu­ca­tion or fill pot­holes — will receive $5 mil­lion to develop the plan and share it with other cities. Four other cities will receive grants of $1 mil­lion each.

Boston is com­peting for the Bloomberg money and is asking the city’s res­i­dents for their ideas.

In an era of tight public bud­gets, is this the future?

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