GREENFIELD, Ind. (March 18, 2016)– Greenfield is giving its residents a new way to speak their minds about how to grow their community.
City officials are using a website called My Sidewalk to post questions about what residents want and need.
Associate Planner Jenna Harbin said one question helped her team understand a need for a larger trail that runs through the city. While Greenfield has its own trail that cuts through downtown, some residents were still opting to leave town to use the Monon Trail in Indy.
“We got a lot of good feedback about, you know, going to the Monon Trail. You know, because it was longer, there was more to ride, and more things to do. And that kind of gives us an idea of where to start on some things,” said Harbin.
Harbin and her team can also use the Census data offered by My Sidewalk to figure out if certain projects make sense for Greenfield and if so, in which neighborhoods?
The entire conversation happens long before a project is ever presented to the City Council. It will also help to avoid residents from feeling surprised by large projects that impact their neighborhoods.
“Everyone’s kind of on the same page and know what’s going on and can get excited about these projects that we want to do,” said Harbin.
While the City wants residents to continue to attend council meetings and public hearings, Harbin admitted, using My Sidewalk from your smart phone might beat having to attend a long city council meeting.
“It’s a little bit more of a relaxed platform than you know like coming to a council meeting or something. And we can talk about things you know from a preliminary standpoint before we ever really launch them into full project mode.”
You can create a My Sidewalk account for free and join the conversation.