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Doug McCrory

You Can Vote on How to Improve Your City

Last year the City of Hartford announced Hartford Decides, an initiative that promotes participatory budgeting in the city by giving residents real power over real money.

Hartford Decides

Teams have proposed 17 project ideas to better Hartford neighborhoods and residents can now vote on their favorite projects to receive $250,000 in Capital Improvement funds. The projects are:

  1. Install and maintain trash receptacles throughout the City
  2. Install (2) murals with LED lighting in Downtown
  3. Plant new trees at 5 schools to help with heat and asthma-related issues in Hartford
  4. Increasing the visibility and physical protection of crosswalks and bike lanes at intersections
  5. Purchasing portable traffic safety equipment for research and community demonstrations
  6. Create mini-libraries for kids at public locations in North End
  7. Create two mobile computer labs for community groups and organizations
  8. Purchase laptops to be used in three Hartford library branches
  9. Renovate a telescope and observatory at HPHS to be used by students and the public
  10. Install digital transit displays and their software at bus stops with high ridership in Hartford
  11. Install heaters for bus stops in Downtown Hartford
  12. Install permanent murals by local artists and install additional lighting
  13. Renovate Charter Oak Monument and Park
  14. Install futsal courts in two Hartford public parks
  15. Purchase of Mad Vac machines (trash elephants) for trash and debris removal
  16. Install emergency "blue light" poles, information display booth and benches in each neighborhood.
  17. Install curb cuts and ramps for pedestrian safety

City residents over the age of 13 can vote until April 2nd for one of the projects. You can cast your ballot online at or by visiting one of the upcoming Voting expos or pop-up locations:

Wednesday, March 29th, 2 - 4 PM, Capitol Community College (7th & 11th floor), 950 Main St.

Thursday, March 30th, 3 - 7 PM, Hartford City Hall, 550 Main St.

Thursday, March 30th, 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM. North End Senior Center, 80 Coventry St.

Friday, March 31st, 4 - 6 PM, Grace Lutheran Church, 46 Woodland St.

Sunday, April 2nd, 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM, Urban Hope Refuge, 136 Westland St.

Winners will be announced at a community event on April 5th.

Hartford Decides is part of a growing trend of participatory budgeting in cities across the country, including in New York City and Boston, and is the first of its kind in Connecticut.

The goal is to give more people direct involvement in and control of government spending. A 2016 report by Harvard's Kennedy School of Government found the number of participants and dollars allocated from municipalities for participatory budgeting has doubled in the U.S. every year since 2011.

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