Crowdsourcing

Feature
May 2, 2016, 5am PDT
The second "Empowered Design, By 'the Crowd'" article offers insight into making the most out of new crowdsourcing resources.
Kendra L. Smith and Lindsey Collins
Feature
April 4, 2016, 2pm PDT
A reply to skeptics about the democratic power and potential of civic crowdfunding platforms.
Katie Lorah
Feature
March 17, 2016, 5am PDT
Crowdsourcing offers a viable resource for planners to empower communities and engage citizens to collectively innovate solutions to complex urban problems.
Lindsey Collins and Kendra L. Smith
April 16, 2015, 7am PDT
Fairfax County, Virginia is taking an innovative approach to crowdsourcing feedback on how to improve bicycle infrastructure around transit stations.
Greater Greater Washington
November 28, 2014, 5am PST
Some people just can't find beauty any where in the world—even while visiting the world's most iconic buildings.
Citymetric
September 12, 2014, 6am PDT
A new application, "Playgrounds for Everyone," has a growing database of 2505 inclusive and accessible playgrounds around the country suitable for children with special needs.
NPR
August 5, 2014, 11am PDT
As part of the Vision Zero initiative for traffic safety, the city has hosted a map system that allowed citizens to report safety issues encountered on the street. With the reporting period now over, you can still peruse the findings of the exercise.
StreetsBlog NYC
Feature
May 14, 2013, 4pm PDT
Crowdsourcing is a great tool for locating potholes and taking surveys – but can it inspire an underdeveloped neighborhood to come together as a community? A developer in Salt Lake City is motivating residents to use DIY techniques in placemaking.
Tim Halbur
November 19, 2012, 2pm PST
Two D.C. developers are giving people the power to finance development in their own communities, paving the way for a new, democratized approach to commercial real estate investment, Emily Badger reports.
The Atlantic Cities
September 24, 2012, 9am PDT
First rolled out last year to help crowdsource ideas for tenants for the renovation of a 4,250 sf building in Washington, D.C., the website Popularise is getting its first tryout outside the district at a new 13-story office building in Seattle.
Seattle Met
July 26, 2012, 10am PDT
As China goes car crazy, a new crowdsourcing website seeks to address the needs of Beijing's lowly pedestrians and bicyclists, reports Nate Berg.
The Atlantic Cities
June 19, 2012, 10am PDT
<em>Policy Matters</em> looks at a recent article in <em>The Washington Post</em> about Terry Lynch, the city's notorious "pest" who complains about all matters of urban blight, and argues why cities would be better off with more Terrys.
Policy Matters
May 25, 2012, 10am PDT
As cash-strapped and technologically savvy governments increasingly look to harness the power of the crowd, William D. Eggers and Rob Hamill offer suggestions for "Five Ways Crowdsourcing Can Transform the Public Sphere."
Governing
Feature
March 5, 2012, 4pm PST
New technologies are providing participatory platforms that allow individuals to share their ideas, interact with other's ideas, and work towards collaborative solutions to resolve problems or take advantage of opportunities. Kevin C. Desouza, PhD offers five guidelines to ensure that the use of such emerging technologies are maximized by practitioners.
Kevin C. Desouza
February 28, 2012, 5am PST
Michael J. Coren shines a light on an innovative crowdfunding site targeting neighborhood improvements.
Fast Co.Exisit
February 3, 2012, 11am PST
In order to educate its citizens on how budgeting decisions are made, and inform decision makers on the priorities of its citizens, Calgary has engaged in an ambitious outreach process to get citizens to participate in drafting the city's budget.
The Atlantic Cities
January 24, 2012, 11am PST
As cyclists toured Watts and other parts of South Los Angeles, they were invited to share photographs and record places of interest along the way.
Los Angeles Times
January 9, 2012, 12pm PST
The Environmental Protection Agency is crowdsourcing a massive photo project to update a 40-year old agency project known as 'Documerica', which includes images of American environmental problems and everyday life.
Network World
September 23, 2011, 5am PDT
Peter Sigrist takes us through three other tools for open sourced, democratic governance processes conducive to mobilization, collaboration, and funding--each integral for the crowdsourced city.
POLIS
Blog post
September 1, 2011, 7am PDT

Historically, data sources for urban planning have remained relatively stable. Planners relied on a collection of well-known government-produced datasets to do their work, including statistics and geographic layers from federal, state and local sources. Produced by regulatory processes or occasional surveys, the strengths and limitations of these sources are well known to planners and many citizens. However all this is beginning to change. Not only has the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey introduced a bewildering variety of data products, all with margins of error, three interrelated categories of new data are growing rapidly: crowdsourced, private, and "big" data.

Robert Goodspeed