This week, 447 people voted in our participatory budgeting process, deciding on what projects would be funded through the Neighborhood Capital Infrastructure Program, also known as aldermanic menu money. Voting ended at 3 pm today.
Voters decided that 54.7% of the $1 million should go toward street resurfacing throughout the ward. That leaves $453,000 for projects selected by voters.
Each voter selected up to four projects. The results are:
- Bike lanes on Milwaukee from Lawrence to Addison, 203 votes;
- Lighting and pedestrian improvements under the Kennedy at Pulaski and on the sidewalk next to the Kennedy from Pulaski and Dakin to Byron and Parkside, 200 votes; and
- People spots at Six Corners, around Lawrence and Milwaukee, and around Lawrence and Austin, 171 votes;
- Pedestrian bump-outs at Milwaukee and Cuyler, Milwaukee and Warner, Milwaukee and Giddings, Central and Balmoral, and Central and Leland, 168 votes;
- Pedestrian refuge island on Cicero at Pensacola, 163 votes;
- A turf field at Disney II Elementary, 154 votes;
- A new playground at Farnsworth Elementary, 152 votes;
- A storage shed for the community garden at Laramie and Ainslie, 142 votes; and
- Pedestrian refuge island on Lawrence at Lavergne, 131 votes.
The top 7 projects will be funded, in addition to the street allocation approved by voters.
Thank you to everyone who attended a meeting and came out to vote. I also want to give a special thanks to the UIC Great Cities Institute, Blocks Together Chicago, and PB Chicago, without whom we would not be able to run this process.
Keep an eye on this space for details on our neighborhood assemblies in the fall, where we will start taking ideas for the 2016 PB45 budget.