Cambridge Day: Tell the city what to buy with $500,000 starting Sunday in week of project vote

Marc Levy
March 20, 2015

Voting begins Sunday to direct spending of a half-million dollars on projects citywide, with the 20 options starting as small as $7,000 to buy up to 350 bilingual books for kids learning English and getting as big as a $350,000 amphitheater in Danehy Park.In this first-ever use of Participatory Budgeting in Cambridge, voting runs for a week, can be done online (and is the first using an online-voting tool developed at Stanford to prevent fraud) and includes every resident down to 12 years of age.

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Cambridge Chronicle: Cambridge voters to decide how $500K is spent in city’s budget

Sara Feijo
March 18, 2015

Lifelong Cambridge resident Ebi Poweigha felt helpless as she watched the city transform itself one construction project at a time.

But that feeling has changed since her involvement in Cambridge’s first ever-Participatory Budgeting (PB) initiative, which will allow residents to decide the fate of $500,000 of the city’s 2015-2016 capital budget next week.

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Cambridge Chronicle: Cambridge residents to have say on $500K as part of participatory budget

Sara Feijo
November 13, 2014

For the first time ever, it’s up to Cambridge residents to decide how to spend $500,000 of the city’s 2015-2016 capital budget.

The goal of the participatory budget initiative, which was first implemented in Porto Alegre, Brazil, in 1989, is to involve residents in the budgeting and city-building process, and help ensure that the city’s capital plan reflects the priorities of residents.

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