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That’s democracy! How does the public influence what

24 November 2017
‘The community’ at a typical evening meeting (note the untypically comfy chairs)
‘The community’ at a typical evening meeting (note the untypically comfy chairs)
‘You elected me. This is what the city needs; and this is how we need to go about it’
‘You elected me. This is what the city needs; and this is how we need to go about it’
Classic ‘folded arms of disgruntlement’ from a small group with a loud voice
Classic ‘folded arms of disgruntlement’ from a small group with a loud voice

 

As so often, my reason for looking at the issue I’m about to raise is that it’s one I’ve encountered in different ways over the past few weeks. I’ll refer to three ‘case studies’ that all reflect on the same question: how is public opinion taken into account when making decisions about the public realm? As Exhibit A, I present the edited highlights of a series of tweets from a journalist at a classic public ‘consultation’ event.

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