Citizens are the only 'disinterested' parties in community planning...how can the voice of the citizen be heard?
In many communities, large and small, ordinary citizens are getting organized to address the challenges from the new realities.
participation on boards and commissions
citizen civic organizations
block clubs, block watch groups
What's the difference between Community Planning, Coordinated Response, and Citizen Engagement?
Community Planning has been the way that 'professionals' each answering to a different demand.
Coordinated Response is a strategy to get the service providers (public and private) to work together, share information, and coordinate responses. Harder thank it looks!
Citizen Engagement is the glue that breaks down the programmatic and regulatory barriers to effective planning and coordination. Because citizen organizations don't have a narrow self interest in the outcomes of the planning process, they can be effective advocates for making all the professionals work together for the good of all.
Examples of citizen input Youngstown goes on line
A new component to the city's website devoted
to code enforcement and tracking demolition projects in its
neighborhoods is up and running, officials report, noting it’s intended to help the city and residents attack blight early and swiftly. "If you don't have good neighborhoods, you don't have a city,"
declared Mayor Chuck Sammarone. "When I became mayor, I said that the
city didn't do enough for its neighborhoods. We had to do more." read more