A Commitment to Community Voices
From the early review of state parcels at the start of this process, Mayor Harp has focused on empowering neighbors and community leaders to shape the future of the 15 plots of state land conveyed this year (most of which dot Rt. 34-West, the site of another community planning partnership). For 16-18 Rosette, Alder Dave Reyes (pictured above) helped advocate for letting local leaders and community input decide how these vacant lots should be improved.
"Voting isn't a final act, it's the first step in our democracy. Real civic participation goes beyond voting, and New Haven was set up to always need people giving more to their neighbors, volunteering their service and judgment.
For those of us in office, that means creating more opportunities for involvement and input, but we wouldn't have it any other way. Participation isn't just about abstract democratic values - it helps us make better decisions. We govern better together."
- Mayor Toni N. Harp