It was only a matter of time, of course, before participatory budgeting was going to go from quaint idea getting more people involved in democracy to brutal fights between neighbors who poured money into electioneering efforts. And now supporters of the Red Hook Secret Garden, a garden next to the Red Hook public library, released an attack ad against their opponents in the contest for a slice of city money. Nah, just kidding, it’s actually a very nice video about how sweet it would be to restore the garden.
As you can see, it’s a solid melange of Red Hook residents and library employees who’d like to give the final push to get the garden over the top and ready for kids to frolic in. Considering the garden’s journey from “place with exposed nails and disintegrating wood” to a garden that was pruned and cleaned up and just about ready to go, it seems like as reasonable a project as any to give $85,000.
And hey, you can do that if you live in Red Hook or Sunset Park, the City Council area represented by Carlos Menchaca. Like the participatory budgeting voting in Stephen Levin’s district, residents of the Fighting 38th District also have until Sunday to make their voices heard. You can find out where to vote on the video’s website, so get out there and a garden you guys.