This article originally appeared at Post404.com on August 6, 2012
Every decade, the traditionally-laconic city of Fort Worth, Texas rolls up its sleeves and puts together a ten-year urban development and renewal plan. Citizen participation has been a key factor for the success of many projects in those plans, and this year the city took advantage of modern collaboration technology to make that even easier.
Built on collaborative engine mindmixer, Downtown Fort Worth’s Plan 2023 aims to engage solution-minded citizens in not just simple poll-taking but original idea submission and threaded discussion as well. As word of the project spread, via twitter and more conventional means, contributions quickly ramped up. As of this writing, there are over 150 submissions proposing a wide range of improvements and additions to the downtown area of the “sixteenth most populous city in the US” (from Wikipedia).
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