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Forum Post: Budgetary Power to the People: An experiment with direct democracy on Chicago’s South Side.

Posted 11 years ago on March 4, 2013, 5:25 p.m. EST by GirlFriday (17435)
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If the process is seen as a failure, it could further alienate Chicago citizens, many of whom are already wary of local politics. But if it’s successful, it could encourage further political engagement and a greater sense of what’s possible.

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[-] 2 points by gnomunny (6819) from St Louis, MO 11 years ago

Also from the article:

“There’s an alarming trend nowadays where you have a lot of influence from folks that are up top—but once we really look at what the community needs, you see that the best way to find that out is to go to the community and ask them.”

How true. Baby steps, but steps nonetheless. In the right direction. Hope this idea takes hold.

[-] 3 points by OTP (-203) from Tampa, FL 11 years ago

Baby steps peeps, baby steps indeed:


[-] 2 points by gnomunny (6819) from St Louis, MO 11 years ago

Can't watch YT videos, damn it! My graphics card burned out last week, I threw in an old one I had laying around, and now my sound doesn't work. Can't figure out where the conflict is. I know it's off-topic, but this post is worth bumping anyway.

[-] 2 points by GirlFriday (17435) 11 years ago

I agree. It is going to depend a lot on how many times that they are thwarted in their attempts. The plus side is that they figure out what they are up against.

[-] 3 points by gnomunny (6819) from St Louis, MO 11 years ago

True. I found it slightly encouraging that the idea has spread to over 1200 communities around the globe. But tempered by the fact that although there are dozens in South and Central America, scores in western Europe, there are only four in North America; two in Canada and two in the US. It's no surprise that US government's would resist the idea. Good luck Chicago.

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