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Digital Town Halls
Public participation in cyberspace.
By James L. Sipes, ASLA

Traditionally, town hall meetings were where voters gathered to debate issues and make decisions related to their communities. This exchange of ideas in the hope of reaching consensus has been an integral part of our democratic process for centuries. Today there is a new generation of "digital" town halls that use web-based communication technologies to encourage public participation. Web sites such as DENIX's Town Hall Forum and are typical of these new digital town halls; they offer real-time, interactive chat features and host live, interactive cybercasts of congressional hearings, local park board meetings, city council meetings, and election debates.

Landscape architects and other design professionals are also finding that these web-based tools can help encourage increased public participation in the design and planning process.

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