Starting in 2010, Moore made the 49th Ward the first political jurisdiction in the country to put people directly in charge of public dollars. Participatory Budgeting had been used throughout South America, Europe, and Canada for over two decades, but it was the first time it had been applied in the United States.
And now for the past nine years, Moore has asked constituents–the residents of the 49th Ward–to decide directly how to spend $1 million in their tax dollars on various capital improvements that they choose and approve.
Here are the major projects that ward residents voted to approve recently.
For 2019 budget year: One hundred new trees, bus benches, artistic murals on CTA embankment walls and Metra viaducts, a public plaza/stage in Touhy Park, and partial funding for an artificial turf field and running track at Sullivan High School (the remaining funds will be proposed on future PB election ballots).
2018: Seven new benches at Loyola, Touhy and Pottawattomie parks, and one at Sherwin Beach; Pratt Avenue bike lane extension.
2017: 100 more new trees for Rogers Park; Learning Garden at Gale Academy; updated streetlights on Clark Street; lean bars in heat lamp shelters on CTA platforms.
2016: 100 new trees in Rogers Park; new streetlights around Kilmer, Sullivan schools; improvements at Dubkin, Paschen and Loyola parks.
2015: 100 new trees planted in Rogers Park; park improvements at Pottawattomie Park, and Goldberg and Washington playlots; five new murals at CTA and Metra underpasses, and a mini artificial turf soccer field at Langdon Park.
Since 2015, almost 1,500 citizens shared ward improvement ideas; almost 10,000 citizens voted.