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- Each plan must include ten (10) districts.
- Contiguity – Unlike many other jurisdictions, Philadelphia uses voting precincts (known as “Ward Divisions), rather than the more commonly used Census Blocks. Districts in your plan must be composed of contiguous ward divisions. Philadelphia allows single-point contiguity (ward divisions are considered “contiguous”, even if they only meet at a single point), though this stretches the meaning of contiguity and will not be viewed favorably by the judges.
- Equipopulation – Districts should have approximately equal population in each district, based on the 2010 census. There are no legal standards for this in the City Charter, but we’ll score plans that have more equal population among districts higher than those that do not.
- Compactness – We will measure the compactness of your districts using the Schwartzberg measure, a ratio of the perimeter of the district to the circumference of the circle whose area is equal to the area of the district (for more info on compactness, see Redistricting the Nation)
- Communities of Interest – Philadelphians identify with their neighborhoods, which give us a sense of place and shared interests. Unfortunately, Philadelphia does not have official neighborhood boundaries, so this is a tough thing to define, but we are going to score a plan based on how many Wards are split.
The administrators of the competition reserve the right to delete any City Council or Community plan that contains profane, racist or offensive plan names, district labels, or comments.
- Full name of lead submitter
- Full names of team members (if you submit as a group)
- Team name (if you submit as a group)
- Email Address
- Street Address
- Phone Number
- Values - tell us what values, considerations and trade-offs you made in your plan
- There are two ways you can submit your final plan:
- Click on the 'Share' section tab. Click on the "Submit Final Plan to Contest" button. You will be asked to fill out the required fields. When you have completed the form, simply click on "Submit" and your plan file will be generated and emailed to the contest administrators.
- Submit as a comma-delimited text file (also known as a CSV file) that includes one row for each ward division and the corresponding city council district. The FixPhillyDistricts.com web site enables you to export this “block equivalency file”, but you can create your own as well.
By submitting a plan for consideration, you are agreeing to have the plan published in local news media outlets and presented to City Council. Unless you request otherwise, the project partners will attempt to include attribution (your name or team name) for the plan whenever feasible.
- Wednesday, August 3, 2011 (approximate), Competition opens
- Monday, August 8, 2011, 7pm (6:30 registration), Public workshop at WHYY
6:30pm, Registration | 7:00pm, Program
WHYY studios, 150 N. 6th Street
- Thursday, August 11, 2011, 6:30pm, Training webinar by Azavea
If you'd like to watch the webinar, click here
- Monday, August 15, 2011, 6:30pm, Training webinar by Azavea
- Sunday, August 28, 2011, 11:59pm ET, Competition ends
- August 31, 2011 (5pm) - City Council Public Hearing
Esperanza Academy Charter High School
- September 6, 2011(7pm) - City Council Public Hearing
Einstein Medical Center (Gouley Auditorium)
- Early September (TBD): Winners announced