Rhode Island City Appeals For Funds To Get Trash Cans
RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:
And our last word in business is: Crowd Funding.
Central Falls, a former mill city in Rhode Island, has turned to the Internet for donations to fund a government project.
STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:
Now this is a town that was so broke a couple of years ago, it could not keep its only library open or pay full pension benefits to firefighters and policemen. It had to file for bankruptcy.
MONTAGNE: Central Falls has seen a slight recovery since then - and it has a new young mayor. Twenty-eight-year-old James Diossa hopes to update the local park with one-of-a-kind steel trash cans and recycling bins.
MAYOR JAMES DIOSSA: Currently, we have this plastic structure that is easily tipped over and all the trash just goes all over the park, making the park not attractive.
MONTAGNE: The new high-quality steel bins the city hopes to obtain will be anchored into a concrete base making them less likely to fall over.
INSKEEP: So far citizens have committed only $390 to the project. But they may just be getting started. The goal here is just over $10,000.
And that's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.
MONTAGNE: And I'm Renee Montagne.
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