The Design Observer Group


Posted 10.20.10


Pratt Institute

Symposium on Participatory Planning


Portland Avenue in Fort Greene. [Photograph: Payton Chung via Flickr]

From Budget Cuts to a People's Budget?
Connecting Participatory Planning and Public Budgets in New York
Pratt Institute Brooklyn Campus
Friday, October 29, 5–7pm

This panel discussion will explore how New York's budget crises and lack of accountability might be addressed by opening up budgeting to the public. Chicago Alderman Joe Moore will share his experience with participatory budgeting, in which he invited residents of his ward to directly decide how to spend his $1.3 million discretionary budget. Invited New York City Council Members, Community Board representatives, and community activists will then respond to Moore's presentation, discussing if and how community members could be more involved in budget decisions in New York.

Speakers include:

- Joe Moore, Chicago Alderman
- Brad Lander, New York City Council Member for District 39
- Fernando Tirado, District Manager, Bronx Community Board 7
- Anne Washington, Community Voices Heard

RSVP to Josh Lerner at joshalerner@gmail.com.

Pratt Institute Brooklyn Campus
Higgins Hall Auditorium
61 St. James Place, at Lafayette
(G to Clinton-Washington)

Sponsored by the Pratt Institute Programs For Sustainable Planning and Development, Community Voices Heard, The Design Trust for Public Space, and The Participatory Budgeting Project.

For more information, visit the Pratt Center website.