Roxanne Scott, 90.1 WABE
Residents who live or work in downtown Atlanta have a chance to vote on transportation projects to improve the city. The initiative, called Downtown Decides, lets voters choose from more than 30 projects.
Those projects include painted crosswalks, sidewalk widening and handicap-accessible improvements. Voters can choose any number of projects as long as they don’t exceed a million dollars. There’s no residency requirement to vote; voting is open to anyone who lives, works or spends time downtown.
“This is the first participatory budgeting in the city’s history,” says City Council member Amir Farokhi, who launched the program in Atlanta. He says he hopes the program fosters trust in city government and increases civic engagement.
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