Hopkins holds informal discussions in places other than City Hall such as parks, apartment developments, breweries, and even in the street (the Artery Experiment). Invitations to these meetings are often done face-to-face and the goal is to gain greater community input on various issues surrounding housing and neighborhoods. “We had lots and lots of neighborhood meetings and one thing that we have found in communicating with some of our diverse population is that verbal invitation to participate is better than putting something on your website or sending something via the mail,” reflects Mayor Cummings. The city uses cell phone contact information to call residents and remind them to come to the event. To increase participation, interpreters are hired, and child care, food, as well as transportation are provided.