Participatory Budgeting( PB) ALERT and UPDATE!: Voting to Begin (12/2-8/2017)!

Participatory Budgeting( PB) ALERT and UPDATE!: Voting to Begin (12/2-8/2017)!

Participatory budgeting voting to begin ( 12/2-8/2017)!

  • Posted on: 30 November 2017

Peace Be Unto You'

Please check out the following article, it is a complete run down of the Participatory Budgeting process thus far, and how your participation at the present stage is urgently needed. Vote for your choice, but I recommend that you all vote for item # 4 " Critical Resource Kits for the Homeless ($50,000).":

Cambridge residents ages 12 and older can vote from Dec. 2-8 on how to spend $800,000 on projects to improve the city. This process is open to everyone in the community, including non-U.S. citizens and university students.

In June and July 2017, community members submitted 608 ideas about how to spend $800,000 of the citys fiscal year 2019 Capital Budget. From August to November, over 50 volunteer Budget Delegates worked on five committees to research and evaluate those ideas and develop final proposals for the ballot. There are 20 projects on the 2017 PB Ballot. Residents can vote for up to five of the following projects:

Drinking Water Across More Parks ($100,000)

Benches for a Walkable City ($25,000)

Enhancements to the Central Square Library ($72,500)

Critical Resource Kits for the Homeless ($50,000)

New Musical Instruments for CRLS ($200,000)

Upgrade the Gately Youth Center ($100,000)

Public WiFi for Inman Square and Russell Field ($20,000)

Urban Bicycle Wash Stations ($20,000)

Sheltered Bike Parking at the Main Library ($90,000)

Flashing Crosswalks for Safer Streets ($176,000)

Digital Bike Counters with Open Data ($90,000)

Bicycle Safety for Cambridge Youth ($95,000)

Make Our Playgrounds Fun for All Ages & Abilities ($200,000)

Making Danehy Friendlier and Healthier ($140,000)

Murals to Inspire Cambridge Youth ($75,000)

Interactive Conversation Benches ($60,000)

Drive on Superpower: Electric Vehicle Charging ($165,000)

Jade Chain: Living Moss Walls to Combat Pollution ($100,000)

100 Trees for a Cleaner, Greener Cambridge ($141,000)

Smarter Cleanup for a Smart City ($80,000)

Residents can vote online at Online voting will be text message authenticated. Voters will enter their cell phone number on the PB website and a code will be sent to them via text; they will enter that code online for one-time access to the ballot. If residents wish to vote online but do not have a cellphone, they can email or call the Citys Budget Office to receive a code. The online ballot will be available in English, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole and Spanish.

Residents can also vote in person at one of the following PB voting events:

Boudreau Library, 245 Concord Ave., from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 5.

Burns Apartments, 30 Churchill Ave., from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 7.

CambridgeSide Galleria Food Court, 100 CambridgeSide Place, 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 7.

Central Square Library, 45 Pearl St., from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 5.

City Hall, 795 Mass. Ave., from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 4; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 6; and 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 8.

Citywide Senior Center, 806 Mass. Ave., from noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 7.

Collins Library, 64 Aberdeen Ave., from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 7.

The Garage in Harvard Square, 36 JFK St., from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 8.

Jefferson Park, 266 Rindge Ave., from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5.

Just-A-Start Housing at 243 Broadway, 243 Broadway, from 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 4.

LBJ Apartments, 150 Erie St., from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 5.

Main Library, 449 Broadway, from 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 3.

Millers River Farmers Market, 15 Lambert St., from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 6.

North Cambridge Senior Center, 2050 Mass. Ave., from noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 4.

ONeill Library, 70 Rindge Ave., from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 4.

Roosevelt Towers, 14 Roosevelt Towers, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6.

Work Force, 119 Windsor St., from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 7.

Paper ballots at voting events will be available in English, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese and Spanish.

Past winning PB projects include a public toilet in Central Square, water bottle fill stations, a freezer van for prepared food rescue, bicycle repair stations, bilingual books for kids and many others.

For more information, including a full list of in-person PB voting events:;; 617-349-4270.


Yours In Peace,
Hasson Rashid