In an effort to broaden its audience and get more people to participate in discussing socially and environmentally sustainable economic growth in U.S. cities, the nonprofit Next American City is launching The Storefront for Urban Innovation. Located in the Brewerytown section of Philadelphia, the office space will serve as the organization's headquarters and be used for exhibitions and small and medium-sized events.

Even though the physical location is in Philly, the nonprofit hopes to use it to bring in ideas for improving cities from around the world.

“By creating panel discussions, lectures, and exhibitions that build off our forthcoming content, we will build a more robust dialogue about issues such as infrastructure, the built environment, the economy, and education,” blogs Executive Director Diana Lind. “We hope that this will help build urban policy literacy among a broader constituency in Philadelphia, put Philadelphia on the map as a key laboratory for urban policy and practice, and ultimately better empower people to elect better officials, call for improvements to basic aspects of urban life, and create a more sustainable economy.”