This morning’s headlines at Next City brought me to a short but inspiring story from Cleveland. Participatory planning has always been an interest to me. The ups and downs of how cities, neighborhoods and even states interact and create participation is a difficult one, to say the least. In Cleveland the use of voting on how City planning monies are spent led to the creation of a mobile recording studio that will help preserve the oral history of the North Collinwood neighborhood.
I love the fact idea of using voting on these types of projects, since it appears to increase civic engagement and bring ideas to the surface that the neighbors want, not what educated planners think they need. (Though sometimes planners do know what needs to be done before everyone else does.)
Another part of the piece mentioned the Artist housing program. I’ll be looking into that one further.