Those who live in a neighborhood tend to know best what’s wrong, needed, or missing in their local area – a notion that proved a great motivation and starting point for Kiez-Karte. The initiator’s aim and mission: to give locals a say in their own neighborhood and an easy, digital means to voice their opinion. Similar to Google Maps and enriched with data from Berlin’s Lichtenberg district budget, it only takes a few clicks to make the neighborhood a little bit better. Think: “Let’s have a new zebra crossing near the school – or a cycle path, more trashcans, and a playground in the park” – plus whatever else residents can imagine in terms of improvements. All of these requests are forwarded to the local budgetary committee, presented in a transparent way – and visualized on the Kiez-Karte, including updates on the current state of implementation.
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