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Shirley Ave. TDI Partnership Launches Participatory Budgeting Hub to Help Prioritize Public Realm Improvements in Neighborhood

June 1, 2023 : Revere Journal

The Revere Shirley Ave TDI Partnership announced this week a brand- new participatory budgeting website for both residents and business owners to help distribute $275,000 in funding for improvements to outdoor spaces in and around Shirley Ave. The results of the online tool, and complementary in- person engagement, will directly inform the use of public funding for streetscape, greenspace, public art, and other outdoor improvements in the neighborhood over the next year.

“The public realm— including streetscapes, art, pocket parks and more—plays such a strong role in communicating a neighborhood’s identity,” Revere TDI Fellow Laura Christopher shared., “It’s fitting that through this process, community members will directly select improvements and shape that identity.”

The participatory budgeting process will be hosted on an online engagement platform called CoUrbanize. Whether you are a resident, worker, visitor, or a member of the business community, you can add an idea to the map or share your vision at one of our in-person events. Those wishing to participate can do so at today. Here, participants can add their ideas for public realm improvements and later vote on eligible projects. While all are welcome to add ideas, TDI partners ask that only those who find themselves in the Shirley Ave neighborhood on a daily to weekly basis cast their vote to ensure neighborhood participation.

The online engagement will be complemented by in-person events, beginning with a pop-up at Shirley Ave’s Mobile Farmers Market at Sandler Square the morning of June 10. This project is being led by Revere’s TDI Partnership which includes Women Encouraging Empowerment, the City of Revere, The Neighborhood Developers, and MGH/Revere Cares. The $275,000 in funding that will be spent according to community feedback is coming from the City of Revere. $260,000 of that funding comes from the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) and $15,000 of the funding comes from a regional arts grant, Make it Public, which the City received this past fall.

The Shirley Ave Participatory Budgeting process is being supported through MassDevelopment’s Transformative Development Initiative (TDI). TDI is a program for Gateway Cities designed to accelerate economic growth within focused districts. The program works with cross-sector partnerships to engage community members in actionable planning, implement local economic development initiatives, and spur further public and private investment. Revere’s Shirley Ave neighborhood began its three-year participation in the TDI program in September 2022. Those wishing to learn more about TDI and the Shirley Ave partnership can visit