Two teams of Law & Public Policy Scholars have made it to the Final Four in their first foray into the Mayor’s Public Policy Case Competition.

The competition, which is open to college and graduate students, invited responses to the question: “What is your vision for Philadelphia in 2020 and what one thing can the City of Philadelphia do to accomplish that vision?”

In “Watering the Food Deserts of Philadelphia through Land Revitalization,” Z. Dubinksy, Monica Nugent, R.H. Reznick, and Trisha Stein propose using abandoned properties for food co-ops, thereby addressing two issues at once — abandoned properties and food deserts.

In “From Debt to Change: Educating Philadelphians on The Root Causes of City Issues,” Steven Arose, Steven Barsamian, and Lilah Thompson advocate providing “financial education to Philadelphians in order to bring about an end to the root cause of many of the issues that the city of Philadelphia faces.”

The final round will be held at City Hall on November 13th. The winning team will have the opportunity to present their proposal to Mayor Nutter and will enjoy the Mayor’s Box at an upcoming 76er’s game.