The residents of the 29th Ward have spoken. They participated in the ward’s first-ever participatory budgeting election, designed to gather democratic input into $700,000 of 29th Ward Ald. Chris Taliaferro’s $1.3 million aldermanic menu budget.
Between May 23 to June 4, ward residents at least 16 years old ranked eight projects in order from most to least favorable, with one being the highest priority score. Taliaferro has pledged to take the feedback to the City of Chicago so the projects can be implemented.
Here are how the six top vote-getting projects fared:
- Three community gardens | Est. Cost: $70,000 | Avg. Rank: 3.6
- Neighborhood street pole banners | Est. Cost: $75,000 | Avg. Rank: 4.09
- Two North Avenue pedestrian refuge islands | Est. Cost: $60,000 each ($120,000 total) | Avg. Rank: 4.17
- Amundsen Park exercise equipment | Est. Cost: $100,000 | Avg. Rank: 4.51
- Central and Lake mural | Est. Cost: $80,000 | Avg. Rank: 4.54
- Austin and Corcoran mural | Est. Cost: $60,000 | Avg. Rank: 4.66