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A Local Organization The Objective of the local “My City” organization is to create greater momentum in the early visioning stages of planning and to encourage a stronger link with the city’s official process, helping the public to be more effective advocates of their common future.

Project Teams There are two types of “My City” projects: Ongoing Projects are topics that need continual attention, such as downtown streets, open space, infrastructure, resources and transportation. Special Vision Projects introduce new ideas and approaches. A rails-to-trails project is an example.

The Principle of Neutrality Like a library, “My City” does not represent one interest or position over another, but instead supports all who use its resources, seeking to support the full spectrum of top-down and bottom-up advocates.

A Pilot Project Though “My City” has the capacity to accommodate opposing sides of controversial projects, such as the 710 freeway in Pasadena, the inaugural pilot project that introduces the process, ideally one that has broad appeal.

The Clearinghouse Principle The role of the local “My City” organization is to help characterize a full spectrum of potential directions, to amalgamate and synthesize, to help both citizens and developers to build momentum for their projects, and to help create and format presentations for the city’s official planning process.

Funding Fundraising in the early stages is key to “My City” in your city. Like the first generation of libraries, funding from public and private sources would be needed to create a local organization.

Measuring Public Sentiment is also among the principles spelled out in the preceding chapters. Initiating a local organization necessitates a range of potential projects. See page 110 for examples.

Agency A fully developed “My City” organization has the potential to serve as project consultants while the local organization makes increasingly significant contributions to municipal efforts. See “My City” in Your City on page 187 for more information on creating a local organization.

A Parent Organization All bottom-up efforts can greatly benefit from the guidance of a top-down organization. Like the Carnegie Foundation’s sponsoring of libraries around the world, a parent organization could collect and distribute funding to local organizations.

and maker-space infrastructure, help provide educational resources, exhibits on what other cities are doing and help administer a Creative Commons license and the standards of excellence found in the Appendix.

A parent “My City” organization could also assist local organizations in donations of exhibit

A parent organization would also require its own board, an executive director and staff.








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