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Bankrupt city pays for new trash cans with crowdfunding

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Priding itself on being the smallest city in the smallest state, Rhode Island's Central Falls has now set itself apart from the rest of the country in another way: it has successfully crowdfunded new bins for its main public space, Jenks Park. The campaign started in September, looking to collect $10,044 to beautify and clean up the park, in the wake of the city going bankrupt in 2011. It's a pioneering effort to harness the web's connectivity and goodwill to complete public projects, and the fact 68 backers were found to provide the support should encourage others to do the same. After all, paying for things you want to see improved in your area is basically a tax that you actually want to pay.