South Side residents unveiled plans for new sidewalks, a community
garden and other infrastructure needs to be created with Ald. Leslie
Hairston's (5th) $1.3 million in “menu money” at the ward's final participatory budgeting expo.
The projects are set to go up for a community vote next week.
typically decide how to spend their pot of discretionary funds for ward
improvements like fixing potholes and adding street signals, but
participatory budgeting puts the decision-making process in the hands of
"With your voice and your help, not only do you
get a better understanding of how much things cost and what it takes to
get a project from conception to completion, but also, I think, it helps
to walk down the street and see a light post and know that you had a
part in putting that light post there," Hairston told a few dozen
residents at the expo, held at the Catholic Theological Union over the weekend. Read more »