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    Mayor’s office asks for citizen input on ‘civic academies’

    Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh is looking for guidance from the public on his plan to create “civic academies” to increase community engagement.

    The city has set up an online survey, asking residents what the “academies,” or workshops, should be about.

    The workshops could include sessions on topics such as social media marketing, biking to and from work, and starting a community garden. The survey, which can be found on the City of Boston’s website, also includes spaces to write in ideas for activities or lessons.


    The mayor’s office said it would use the information gathered to gauge the public’s interest in the program, and to learn which activities interest residents the most.

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    “Have you ever considered starting a community garden, but not known how? Gotten stuck in the permitting process when organizing an activity in your neighborhood? Mayor Walsh is shaping a Civic Academies initiative to address your needs, and to increase civic engagement across the city,” the website said.

    “With the information you provide, the City will be able to frame workshops around the interests and concerns of Boston residents,” the website said.

    Walsh said in the statement the survey would be “an opportunity for residents to share their ideas about how this service will be shaped. We want local, city government to be accessible to everyone.”

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