New York City is famous for its five boroughs, each with a distinct identity. In big cities like the Big Apple, and even in medium-sized cities like Riverside, CA, citizens and civic leaders do well to foster ties and between residents at the borough or neighborhood level, and learn about citizens’ concerns directly.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams has sought to do just that, launching an initiative called 10,000 Concerned Brooklynites last month. Over at the Huffington Post New York Blog, Arlene M. Roberts tells her story about participating as a concerned Brooklynite.
Roberts also mentions an item for your summer civic engagement reading list: Stephen Goldsmith’s The Power of Social Innovation: How Civic Entrepreneurs Ignite Community Networks For Good, about the potential positive contribution of the “civic realigner.”
Contributor: Ben Peterson, School of Public Policy Alumnus, MPP ’16.