participatory budgeting

Voters Select Seven Participatory Budgeting Projects

Over 6,700 Cambridge residents voted on how to spend the city’s participatory budget, selecting seven projects in the areas of environment, community resources, streetsmarts, and youth and technology. The winning projects are 100 Trees for a Cleaner, Greener Cambridge; Critical Resource Kits for the Homeless; Flashing Crosswalks for Safer Streets; Drinking Water Across More Parks; […]


In 2018 Participatory Budget, More Residents Than Ever Put Their Mouth Where Their Money Is

When budget delegates convene next week to discuss 2018’s Participatory Budgeting proposals, they’re going to have their work cut out for them. This is the fourth PB cycle, which invites the community to decide how a portion of the city’s capital budget is spent. Ideas are organized into seven categories: culture and community facilities, education, environment, parks and […]


Five Participatory Budgeting Proposals We Love

The project proposal period for the second round of participatory budgeting came to a close on Monday, with ideas that were futuristic (using gym equipment to power an electrical grid), suggestions so nice that they popped up twice (Kendall and Central Square had residents requesting public, real-time transit screens) and submissions that were at least a little tongue in cheek. (“Stop giving out […]


Participatory Budgeting Vote Scheduled for March

In our January/February print edition, we told you about a first-of-its-kind participatory budgeting program in Cambridge that will allow residents to decide how the city spends $500,000 in capital funds. Area citizens submitted their project proposals for the funds back in December, and ideas ranged from artsy (“commission up to $150,000 in public art for Cambridge […]