We’re still working on this chapter. The idea is to provide some ideas about how citizens can get involved in the creating and re-creating of urban spaces. Also to explain what it means for a city to be open and to give some examples that others can build on.
For now you can download a copy of the Mile-End Citizen’s Committee report on the area in which the Roerich Garden is located. We’ll write more about this — basically they did a series of Cafe Citoyens and a full-day Forum Citoyen. So it was well-orchestrated participatory process. The borough mayor attended and supported. But I don’t think folks from the main city government did. What I still don’t understand — and I think we need to document this — is how the Montreal decision-making process works. The report was submitted to the borough mayor. But what next. We need to do more than simply provide feedback that can be ignored.