Shareabouts is putting communities in charge of spending money on their streets and neighborhoods. We’re working with NYC’s Participatory Budgeting program, using Shareabouts maps for people to share and discuss proposals.
And if you’re in participating NYC district, make sure you make it to a district assembly!
Here’s some more information about the initiative, from our friends at the Participatory Budgeting Project –
“What would you do with $1 million in your neighborhood?” Nine City Council Members are asking their constituents to answer, by putting their ideas for the City budget online. Through the interactive map, accessible at pbnyc.org/idea, residents can suggest ideas, comment on their neighborhoods ideas, and share their activity on Facebook and Twitter. The top ideas gathered from the site and public meetings this fall will be funded in the next City budget.
The site is part of “Participatory Budgeting,” a program through which City Council Members are letting their constituents suggest and vote on what projects to fund with City funds in their neighborhood. In its third year in New York City, Participatory Budgeting is in use in nine City Council districts. Over 19,000 everyday New Yorkers have participated, allocating over $15 million for 73 community projects. A total of 21 Council Member candidates have pledged to participate next year, and mayoral front-runner Bill de Blasio has also committed to scale up the program.
Over 200 ideas have already been suggested in one Brooklyn City Council District. Ideas include purchasing equipment to support a school composting program, bringing Citibike to Prospect Park, and installing public drinking fountains. The deadline for submissions is November 11th.
Hundreds of ideas are expected in each district, both from the website and from public meetings. In the coming months, community members will form committees to review the ideas, develop some into full proposals, and work with City agencies to determine feasibility. Then district residents will vote on which proposals receive funding.
The community vote will take place in spring 2014.
Participating City Council Members are Melissa Mark-Viverito, Mark Weprin, Donovan Richards, Stephen Levin, Eric Ulrich, Sara Gonzalez, Brad Lander, David Greenfield, and Jumaane D. Williams.