Last night’s neighborhood assembly brought together 20 neighborhood residents (mostly from Sheridan Park) to brainstorm ideas for the 46th Ward Participatory Budgeting ballot, and boy howdy, were there some consistent themes.
To bottom-line it right away: the #1 vote from both separate brainstorming groups was strangely the same: a traffic-calming project on Leland Avenue from Damen to the lake. Many folks who attended the meeting last night complained about speeding on Leland and wanted to fix it: we’re talking landscaped traffic circles in intersections, curb bump-outs, and traffic humps.
The top 4 items from my group’s brainstorm were:
- A traffic-calming project on Leland
- Pedestrian-scale street lighting on residential streets
- A branded archway or bricked intersection at Montrose/Broadway/Sheridan to indicate the Gateway to Uptown
- A separated bike lane on Broadway and Montrose
There were some well-informed people in my group who knew of specific infrastructure treatments they’d like to see. I hope that they- and some of our blog readers, stay involved in the process by becoming “community representatives.” More on that below.
Some quick facts about participatory budgeting:
- 4 Chicago Aldermen are doing participatory budgeting this year: Moore, Arena, Hairston, and Cappleman.
- Of the $1.3 million in each ward’s menu funds, participatory budgeting will allocate $1 million.
And finally: the timeline for this year’s budgeting process is:
- October: Neighborhood assemblies (the last one is Tuesday October 30, 7-9pm, at People’s Church at 941 W Lawrence: be there.)
- Nov-Apr: Meetings of Community Representatives to decide what goes on the ballot
- Mar-Apr: Project Expos
- May: Vote
The best way to get involved at this point is to attend the last neighborhood assembly on Tuesday October 30 and/or volunteer to be a community representative by emailing Dana Fritz at Alderman Cappleman’s office: dana [at] james46 [dot] org.
posted by Arline Welty