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Crowdfunding sites target civic projects

Residents paybill if government won’t

Call it democracy a la carte: A new breed of civic-minded start-ups wants to let citizens decide directly what improvements they want in their neighborhoods, from new dog parks to park repairs, and allow them to donate toward the cost.

Using the crowdfunding money-raising model popularized in the tech start-up world, these initiatives allow people to pool donations of time and money for civic projects of their choosing, rather than wait for the work to be done by public employees — or not done at all.

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