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Welcome to our hub for sharing challenge-related updates as well as stories of implementation and impact. We hope you’ll check back to hear the latest from our challenge sponsors, the OpenIDEO Team and our amazing community of OpenIDEATORS – which reminds us: Have you been inspired to bring any  ideas from the challenge to life? Let folks know by hitting the Add Your Story button on the left after grabbing tips on crafting your Impact Story post.
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On the back of their awesome first year, the Made in Lower Eastside (miLES) initiative – which grew from OpenIDEO's Vibrant Cities Challenge, continues to evolve its pursuit of opening underused New York storefronts to fresh possibilities.

Since our last update, we’ve been pretty busy. First, we applied to the City 2.0 grant, but didn’t win. After that we decided that this was a good opportunity to to get back on our feet and find new ways to make it work.

Nicolas Mika is an example of a community member for whom the Vibrant Cities Challenge planted an inspiring and important seed – one that’s led him to a new initiative he and his group are championing in Grand Rapids, Michigan called Intermodal.

In OpenIDEO’s Vibrant Cities Challenge, our global community tackled the topic of urban revitalisation for struggling cities. Feeling inspired by our challenge efforts, community member Eric Ho wanted to bring some vibrancy to NYC.