Some residents discovered their driveways had been accidentally blocked so those areas had to be repaired as soon as they were installed. The perpetually clueless Charles decided it would be a nice thing to do — now that he was no longer an eligible bachelor — to quietly send all his old girlfriends little notes and gifts of jewelry. After the wedding, Camilla began the slow process of winning over the British public. Sam Holleran, a participatory design fellow at Design Trust, has been working on visual materials to aid the process and has designed the curriculum for community learning sessions. She's making headway.
The best way to understand what a community needs is to ask them, and the best way to meet those needs is to give the community real power to make the solutions happen through direct control over a budget. The city has been working on it for a decade now, and while there have been a few improvements, the traffic is still clogged up. They're outside in the garden. A study from California Polytechnic State University researcher Esther Valle showed that residents living in places that were built using participatory design methods felt a stronger sense of community and a deeper connection with their neighborhood.