Report from the Budget Forum: Too Much Advocacy?

Last night a large group crowded into the Plaza Conference Room at the World Trade Center downtown to help give input on how PDOT should deal with a large gap in their budget.

The attendees were certainly engaged, but perhaps a little biased. It appears that certain stakeholder groups responded very strongly to Commissioner Adams’ invitation to ‘pack the room’ made at the Advisory Committee meeting.

Sam Keynoting

Sam Adams charging the citizens at the forum.

Electronic Polling

This is the wireless keypad we used to vote our values.

Receiver

The wireless receiver, connected to a laptop, which compiled our responses in real time.

Audience

The room was full…

Small Group

Small groups discussions prior to voting.

Last night a large group crowded into the Plaza Conference Room at the World Trade Center downtown to help give input on how PDOT should deal with a large gap in their budget.

The attendees were certainly engaged, but perhaps a little biased. It appears that certain stakeholder groups responded very strongly to Commissioner Adams’ invitation to ‘pack the room’ made at the Advisory Committee meeting.

When polled about how they arrived at the meeting, 20% walked, 20% biked, 20% took transit and 30% drove alone. When asked about preferred modes, 39% responded ‘cycling’ :-)

OK, so we know which constituency is the most organized…

But the responses are still interesting. Some reflected a bimodal or bell-shaped distribution, indicating that perhaps different groups had different values, but some were strikingly unified and I think this exercise will yield valuable input for the Commissioner and the Advisory Committee.

Full results are promised on the Commissioner’s blog later this week.

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