Tomorrow is your last chance to get in on the ground floor of the planning for this year’s 49th Ward 2016-17 Participatory Budgeting Initiative in which 49th Ward residents vote on how to spend my $1 million ward infrastructure budget.
The FINAL Neighborhood Assembly takes place TOMORROW, (Saturday, December 3rd) at the Willye White Park Fieldhouse, 1610 W. Howard (at Ashland). Join us for free coffee and donuts at 9:30 a.m. The meeting will start promptly at 10:00 a.m.
Each year I receive over $1 million to spend on infrastructure projects in our ward. Rather than decide on my own how to spend the money, I turn that power over to the people of the 49th Ward who decide by a direct vote how the money should be spent.
Meet with your neighbors this Saturday to learn how the process works and begin to brainstorm about the projects you believe the ward needs.
In the meantime, join the folks at Public Radio station WBEZ and me for a one-hour chat on Twitter TODAY (Friday, December 2nd) from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. We’ll be talking about Chicago’s viaduct art and how public art gets created and funded. The chat is based on a story WBEZ aired recently featuring the mural-filled 49th Ward and the participatory budgeting process that funded most of the murals.
To hear a recording of the story or read the transcript, CLICK HERE. Give it a listen and then follow and join the conversation this afternoon through #curiouscity. For more information on how to participate, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/663450563837054/