Tempe has established an online forum for residents to weigh in on city issues, projects or services, allowing people to give their input if they are unable to attend official public meetings.
The forum, at www.tempe.gov/forum, lets residents learn about various issues and offer opinions or ideas if they’d like. Users can subscribe to get notifications when new questions are posted, or they can check back to see updates.
Questions so far ask residents about whether Knox Road should have traffic calming features and what suggestions citizens have about the Fiesta Bowl Block Party.
The forum’s software comes from Peak Democracy, a non-partisan company that specializes in online community engagement.
First-time users register with Peak Democracy, not with the city. Tempe does not get reports on the identity of users. Peak Democracy uses the location information to map which comments come from various parts of the city.