Principle Three: The “My City” Project Document
A “Clearing House” Policy Crowdsourcing a Spectrum of Scenarios & Alternatives In 1916, Dean Damon called participation the crux of democracy and planning its physical embodiment. In updating his “Clearing House” Policy, exploring a full spectrum of ideas, scenarios and schematic solutions helps citizens to become stronger advocates of their future. The following approaches are key to this process. THE PROJECT DOCUMENT: FIRST AND SUBSEQUENT AUTHORS A project document can be initiated by any individual, group or enterprise. After the initial drafts, projects with community support pass to a Project Team, which produces subsequent drafts that include a full range of scenarios. See page 115. A BROAD VOICE The Project Document expresses as broad a public sentiment as possible, including variations of the initial proposal and opposing views. To that end, the approach of many authors attempts to express not only the views of the growing list of authors, but also the people with different opinions about project. THE PROJECT RFS: “REQUEST FOR SOLUTIONS” All planning proposals begin with limited specificity. That is the nature of planning. To better address this unavoidable quality, a section called “Request of Solutions” acts as a sincere agent in building on previous drafts. (See also pages 122, 133). GROWING SPECIFICITY As in 1916, proposals are “presented so that they may be, not approved, but improved,” as details are clarified. Feedback causes each section to grow in length. In the end, the final version of the Proposal is passed on to the official municipal process, enumerating options and the range public sentiment that has been gathered. REQUEST FOR REVISIONS: THE RFR A Request for Revisions, in turn, occurs during the circulation of documents generated by the “My City” process, requesting that readers submit revisions to the wording of any “My City” document including this one.
QUESTIONS THAT REMAIN Every plan or proposal has its limits of specificity. By laying out the questions that remain in their own section, the public can help add to any document winding its way through the “My City” process before it is submitted to the municipal process.
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