Bloomberg Cities: Stories From The Field

Photo essay: When residents are co-creators, ideas get better

You’ve heard this before: City Hall’s best ideas are designed with residents, not for them. Residents, business owners, and other stakeholders helped to generate many of the breakthrough ideas these cities entered into the competition for a chance to win $1 million. 

Stakeholders' voice is an important part of planning, says Montgomery official

Gary Sharp thought he had a strategy figured out on how to boost Black ownership of small businesses in Montgomery. But after he and his colleagues reached out to residents to learn more about what they needed, that strategy took quite a different turn.