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Fix Philly Districts: city redistricting awareness campaign from WHYY, Daily News, Azavea [AUDIO]

City Council is required to submit next month updated legislative boundaries based on the new U.S. Census and Chris Satullo says they are “are bound and determined to screw it up.” The WHYY News and Civic Dialogue Director has partnered with GIS shop Azavea, the Daily News and others on Fix Philly Districts, an awareness […]

City Council is required to submit next month updated legislative boundaries based on the new U.S. Census and Chris Satullo says they are “are bound and determined to screw it up.”

The WHYY News and Civic Dialogue Director has partnered with GIS shop Azavea, the Daily News and others on Fix Philly Districts, an awareness campaign featuring a mock redistricting plan competition and civic engagement forums.

This Monday evening, at WHYY, eager Philadelphians can learn more about the otherwise rather hidden process of mapping new legislative boundaries for city council. Find out more about the first event here.

Later this month, Azavea will host webinars on their sleek DistrictBuilder software, which will drive the contest, during which you, John Q. Public, will envision what the city’s legislative boundaries should look like and compete for $1,000, official presentation of your district plan and, you know, civic pride. The DistrictBuilder software has been used nationwide for federal redistricting campaigns, an interest of Azavea founder Robert Cheetham.

Below, hear Satullo talk about the campaign’s importance.

Listen here.

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Christopher Wink

Christopher Wink is a cofounder and Editorial Director of Technical.ly, the local technology news network. Previously, Wink worked for a homeless advocacy nonprofit and was a freelance reporter for a variety of publications. He writes regularly about news innovation and best business practices on his personal blog here. The bicycle commuter loves cities, urban politics and squabbling about neighborhood boundaries.

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