Michelle Witthaus

Michelle Witthaus came in third in this year's Democratic primary in St. Louis' 6th Ward. But the winner -- Alderman Christine Ingrassia -- is working with Witthaus to implement "participatory budgeting." The process -- which gives residents a direct say
Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Beacon | 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: One day after coming in third place in a battle for a St. Louis aldermanic seat, Michelle Witthaus says she received a notable text message from a former rival.

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

About 20 people gathered outside of a foreclosed house in south St. Louis City. They assembled to decide what should be done with the house that the bank currently owns. A few of the ideas floated around were to hold a public auction, open it up for veterans to use, or to host afterschool programs.

After all the ideas were discussed, each participant was given a ticket to put in a box that belonged to their favorite corresponding idea.