Who Makes the Decision?

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    Feb 07, 2013 8:37 PM GMT
    OK, I have a question. Let's say there is a small town in the U.S. and there is a desire to beautify it, etc, like add a park or redo the sidewalks in brick. Who makes those kinds of decisions? Chamber of Commerce, Town Government, who?
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    Feb 07, 2013 9:04 PM GMT
    Check with your town/city hall administration.

    As D said, municipalities may delegate to a local body for some aspects (but often with oversight/veto), but the municipal government will be able to tell you who is responsible.
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    Feb 07, 2013 9:13 PM GMT
    See what infrastructure (city boards, committees, etc) are already in place and you can work through those or you can organize from scratch.

    I was very involved in the pioneering days of the gentrification/redevelopment of a certain south Florida area known to be gay and we went from drug rehab on a main corner, crack deals everywhere to getting written up on the front page of the NYT, Saturday edition and below the fold, but still, pretty cool.

    Also a good friend at the time was very involved with a similar project in the county to the north and helped turn that from a very dumpy area to a very successful area.

    If you are interested in improving the area around your residence or a nearby downtown, start going to city hall meetings. Try to get on one of the boards whether rezoning or code enforcement or bd of adjustments, or just attend their meetings and speak out on issues. Get yourself known to the community so that you have some say in decision making and so you can get on those aforementioned boards.

    See what your city has in place already. You might even find some sort of matching grant program whereby your city will match funds raised by your neighborhood. Some of those funds might match an equivilent of volunteer work such as the city providing materials if the neighbors provide the labor.

    You might have a community redevelopment agency with access to Federal funds. A Chamber of Commerce might have some joint venture program with a city but probably you want to start off at your town hall. Go talk to one of your city planners, tell them what you want to accomplish and ask for suggestions as they will know what is in place or what you would need to first establish.
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    Feb 07, 2013 9:13 PM GMT
    There's a number on this link's page you can call, if this is about Manassas. icon_wink.gif

    http://www.manassascity.org/index.aspx?NID=1329

    *looks at posters above me*


    Kanaydeeuns r halp-phul.

    It must be a cultural thingy.

    (or we all really really like you!)
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    Feb 07, 2013 9:18 PM GMT
    Hi, it's just for a sentence in a book. No biggie.
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    Feb 07, 2013 9:20 PM GMT
    meninlove said There's a number on this link's page you can call, if this is about Manassas. icon_wink.gif

    http://www.manassascity.org/index.aspx?NID=1329

    *looks at posters above me*


    Kanaydeeuns r halp-phul.

    It must be a cultural thingy.

    (or we all really really like you!)


    Good link.

    If that's the city in question, I'd start at the planning commission

    http://www.manassascity.org/index.aspx?NID=1355

    Talk to one of the city planners on staff there and tell them what you want to accomplish.
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    Feb 07, 2013 9:21 PM GMT
    wrestlervic saidHi, it's just for a sentence in a book. No biggie.


    You're gonna wanna be more specific in your next OP.
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    Feb 07, 2013 9:35 PM GMT
    wrestlervic saidHi, it's just for a sentence in a book. No biggie.


    Lol... Ok, I'd say City Council.icon_razz.gif