Inclusivity matters. That’s what the City of Cambridge, MA believes. It’s why the City has undertaken the update to its Master Plan, Envision Cambridge, with the aim of engaging far beyond the city’s usual suspects. (As part of the Envision Cambridge team led by Utile, NP will be working on housing, jobs and economic development issues related to the plan.)
A recent Next City feature speaks to Cambridge’s approach and key lessons that could apply in other communities. The article speaks to four ideas for making planning efforts more inclusive:
These ideas complement NP’s own thinking on ways to make planning efforts more inclusive.
Increasing community participation requires embracing new technologies (e.g. online tools and “serious games”) and recalling the old ways (e.g. storytelling and community gatherings). It’s hard work but the results - a plan with more inclusive ideas and greater community buy-in – speak for themselves.
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