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Department of Yes!

Application-based programs are an effective strategy to harness neighborhood excitement for change and build partnerships with community stakeholders. Cities are meeting neighborhood demand for public plazas, slow zones, and street improvements through a competitive application process that ensures that projects with strong community buy-in move forward. Furthermore, by publicizing project criteria through the application process, city agencies are building transparency and clearly communicating the factors that will ensure a project gets the green light. In this session, Andy Wiley-Schwartz will discuss strategies for building a Department of Yes, and representatives from Seattle and Austin will share their experience working with neighborhood groups to realize a shared vision.