45th Ward budget wish list: rain gardens, viaduct repair, alley drainage

Ald. John Arena is one of four Chicago aldermen “crowdsourcing” his Ward’s 2013 budget. Talk of flooded alleys and community playgrounds abounded as residents brainstormed ways to distribute their $1.3 million aldermanic menu fund. The meeting, the last in a series of six, was the most highly-attended of the series.

Owen Brugh, Ald. Arena’s chief of staff, mingled as the meeting’s attendees broke into small groups to discuss project ideas.

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