City of Atlanta Councilor Amir Farokhi offers his constituents the opportunity to choose where some funds are spent. This is done through a participatory budgeting process in a program he calls Downtown Decides. See here for the projects that were chosen. Below are photos of some that have already been implemented. I created a Ridespot route titled “The People’s Choice!” to showcase these successes:
I love the Downtown Decides idea, and would love to see all city councilors in all cities do something like this. There is so much low-hanging-fruit that can make a safety and quality-of-life difference for people in their everyday lives. (Let’s start with wave delineators.)
Bravo, Councilor Farokhi*
*whom I first met at a Rolling Town Hall when he was originally running for City Councilor. We met at a red light on our bikes on the way home. That’s when I took the photo at the top of this post. A separate story from that event is in my book, Traveling at the Speed of Bike.
A couple of years later, I had lunch with him and Robyn Elliott from Bicycle Tours of Atlanta when we were developing the Sustainability Bike Tour, which is still offered by Robyn and her team by special arrangement. Last fall, Councilor Farokhi kindly provided one of my letters of recommendation for Metro Atlanta Bicycle Mayor. Big thanks, Councilor Farokhi, for all you do.