What is CivicLex?

CivicLex is a new civic platform from ProgressLex and Under-Main that wants to help people understand the issues and processes that impact Lexington. We're trying to do this by providing non-partisan and relatable information about civic issues and civic processes.

CivicLex is curently in its prototype stage. Read below to find out what we are working on.

 

Current Work

Issue Hub - CivicLex's Issue Hub focuses on addressing questions about civic issues. The questions that we address are suggested by subscribers, visitors, and our staff - and they are chosen by our advisory group. For each question about an issue, we try to provide enough information that visitors can self-select how much they want to know. On one end, it includes as little information as a 1-minute summary, and on the other it includes fully-cited curated perspectives, direct links to the legislation, interactive lists of who is involved, data visualization, and more.

Civic Zines - These are physical copies of the platform itself, and are distributed throughout the city of Lexington. The first copy edition of our zine - Affordable Housing 1 - is out now.

 

Future Elements

Civic Glossary - This, located on the web-version of the platform, will help readers understand terms like CHDO, TIF, and many other confusing acronyms and terms in civic life. It is scheduled for production in 2018.

CivicLex On Air - These are a set of regular podcasts that cover relevant issues and feature interviews with individuals involved in civic issues. They are scheduled to begin production in January 2018.

CivicLex Openings - These are gallery-style events and town halls focused on bringing together stakeholders and everyday citizens to discuss specific issues and experience a physical version of our platform. Our second opening is scheduled for Winter 2018.