I’ve become an local activist for greenspace foreshore/ recreational play area – with a number of other Mapua residents. Our website is mapuawaterfront.com. I’m very keen on playgrounds for special needs kids as you can tell from another post in the mapuawaterfront blog.
The process is giving me some unique insights into the production of local public goods, or should I say the politics of local public goods production.
However, there is a serious information problem here. Suppose you decide through some process that a aprk in some ambiguous sense will be built. That’s just a reference point really – the question then is what attributes will “the park” have? How can information be elicited from current people in the “communities” of potential users as to what attributes are desirable in terms of benefit and cost ? I like the way the Vancouver Parks Board is dealing with this problem – see their strategy document