Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Montreal's "Right of Initiative to Public Consultation"

In Montreal, citizens have the right to petition citywide and/or borough governments to take up an issue. The process requires that 15,000 people, aged 15 or older and resident in Montreal, over a three-month period, sign a petition calling for the creation and implementation of a public consultation process on a particular issue.

A petition is currently being circulated to address urban agriculture issues. See "Bumper crop ... in the city" from the Montreal Gazette. The article is a pretty good discussion of the issues concerning the state of urban agriculture in cities across North America.

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