The City of Cambridge launched the 7th Cycle of Participatory Budgeting (PB7) in 2020. In September, community members submitted ideas for how to spend $500,000 on one-time capital projects to improve Cambridge. In October and November, volunteer PB Delegates researched all submitted project ideas and developed the final proposals for the PB7 vote. Between January 4-9, 2021, 7,250 Cambridge residents age 12 and older, voted to decide how to allocate capital funding to address community needs.
Status of Winning PB7 Projects
The $525,000 in FY22 capital funds for the PB7 winning projects became available on July 1, 2021. The Budget Office will continue to update this information as City departments work to complete each project.
Project Installation Details:
- 50 trees were planted in the fall 2021 at three micro-forest locations as part of PB7. Educational signage will be installed shortly.
- Market St. and Broadway triangle
- Lincoln and Windsor St. inside the dog park
- Inside Bergin Park at Pemberton St. and Haskell St.
Bridging the Digital Divide, Library Status: The Cambridge Public Library has acquired 25 new mobile hotspots and they are available for use at the Tech Bar.
Bridging the Digital Divide, CLC Status: The Cambridge Community Learning Center has acquired 100 new Chromebooks and 50 mobile hotspots for students to use. So far, the CLC has been loaning Chromebooks to students who need them to attend online classes, and the hotspots to students who do not have internet access.
The following 7 projects won $525,000 in FY22 Capital Funding:
- Urban Micro-Forests for Cambridge ($85,000)
- Rain Gardens for Resiliency ($120,000)
- Bridging the Digital Divide ($95,000)
- Bike Signals at Busy Intersections ($40,000)
- Keep Cambridge Cleaner ($45,000)
- Swinging into Inclusivity ($40,000 )
- Pedestrian-Controlled Crosswalk Lights ($100,000)
Thank you to the 7,250 residents that voted! The full vote totals are:
|Urban Micro-Forests for Cambridge||$85,000||4,826||$85,000|
|Rain Gardens for Resilience||$120,000||3,640||$205,000|
|Bridging the Digital Divide||$95,000||3,342||$300,000|
|Bike Signals at Busy Intersections||$40,000||2,984||$340,000|
|Keep Cambridge Cleaner||$45,000||2,661||$385,000|
|Swinging into Inclusivity||$40,000||2,282||$425,000|
|Pedestrian-Controlled Crosswalk Lights||$100,000||2,269||$525,000|
|Open Our Doors - Automatic Door Openers on Public Buildings||$50,000||1,950|
|We Need More Crosswalks||$40,000||1,942|
|Safer Streets Around Parks and Schools||$90,000||1,890|
|New Park Pavilion||$175,000||1,710|
|Waste Management Education Campaign||$85,000||1,546|
|Add Color to our Youth Centers||$25,000||1,252|
|Listen Up! Public Meeting Space Hearing Technology||$150,000||1,072|
|Who Let the Dogs Out?||$20,000||939|
|Fast Response High Visibility Fire Hydrant Markers||$8,000||901|
Special thanks to the City Manager for fully funding the seventh winning project.
Final PB Cycle 7 Ballot
The final 16 projects on the Cycle 7 Ballot are:
- Fast Response High Visibility Fire Hydrant Markers
- Bike Signals at Busy Intersections
- Rain Gardens for Resiliency
- New Park Pavilion
- Pedestrian-Controlled Crosswalk Lights
- Add Color to our Youth Centers
- Who Let the Dogs Out?
- Open Our Doors
- Swinging into Inclusivity
- Bridging the Digital Divide
- Public Meeting Space Hearing Technology
- Safer Streets Around Parks and Schools
- Urban Micro-Forests for Cambridge
- We Need More Crosswalks
- Waste Management Education Campaign
- Keeping Cambridge Cleaner
(Projects listed in random order.)
From September-December, 80+ Budget Delegates worked in five committees to research, assess, and prioritize all of the submitted ideas and ultimately develop the 16 final proposals for the January 2021 PB ballot. Read the 2020 Budget Delegate Guide to find out more about the proposal development process.
PB Cycle 7 Timeline
- Planning/adapting PB for COVID-19 (summer 2020)
- Community members brainstorm and submit IDEAS (September 2020)
- Volunteer Budget Delegates turn ideas into concrete project PROPOSALS (October - November 2020)
- City staff vet proposals for FEASIBILITY and COST (November 2020)
- Residents VOTE on which projects they’d like the City to fund (January 2021)
- RESULTS are announced and winning projects are included in the City’s FY21 Capital Budget (January 13, 2021)
- Projects are IMPLEMENTED (July 1, 2021 onward)
To read about all of the ideas that were submitted in the seventh cycle, please click the map below:
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Numbers 2, 5, 12 & 14 can be combined (Intersection/Crosswalk safety)
As can Numbers 15&16 (Waste management/More and cleaner trash solutions).
Perhaps they would been with more time but it makes it challenging to vote.