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The video at the end of this post is a rare and engaging inside peek at two planning workshops in the small, historic city of Belfast (population 6,658) and the town of Lincolnville (population 2,042), both in Maine. The most eloquent voices in the room are not professional planners, but ordinary citizens who care about their community, raising such issues as how their streets function, building facades, walkability, places for seniors and kids, safety, and the like.
On Thursday, January 12, at 6 p.m., I will be hosting a live town-hall-style chat on Twitter, to help answer your questions about TriMet’s budget issues and how they might affect you. You can participate by using the#askneil hashtag.
Happy New Year! Welcome to the first 2012 edition of the City Administrator’s Friday Letter.
What’s Going On
There is still time to become a citizen leader in Covington! The city is seeking to fill positions on its Budget Priorities Advisory Committee – read more here.
Richland Parks & Recreation invites public input on its six-year Parks, Trails and Open Space Master Plan; which helps guide planning for park and recreation needs. The first public meeting is January 18 from 6:30-7:30 pm at the Community Center. Come share your ideas!
Have you ever considered how Redmond evolved to be the vibrant City of today? Or, how it may continue to change over time? What does it take to successfully manage a City of over 55,000 residents? And, where does my drinking water originate and then flow to when it leaves my home? How are improvements to sidewalks and other projects scheduled?
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