April 27, 2019, 1pm PDT
A crowdsourcing app allows citizens to hold the public realm to higher standards of access and mobility.
December 20, 2018, 12pm PST
The first company to determine bus routes by popular demand has found success in multiple states.
September 26, 2018, 6am PDT
A new startup wants to use blockchain and the Uber model to create free, open-source maps.
August 24, 2018, 5am PDT
When allowing a crowd to decide the name of something important, make sure to add a layer of self-control.
September 4, 2017, 5am PDT
'Hoodmaps' are here, but the crowdsourcing map tool is attempting to improve on the "Judgmental Maps" that came before.
June 6, 2017, 6am PDT
Project launch seeks volunteers to analyze videos, support new technology
December 6, 2016, 10am PST
Chariot shuttle service, recently acquired by Ford Motor Company, may soon be a more formidable competitor for San Francisco's public transit provider, Muni, due to an expansion to 150 vans. Expect new routes, five-minute headways, and $4 rides.
December 1, 2016, 2pm PST
Based on crowdsourced data from across the country, this updated map shows which municipalities have eliminated, lowered, or discussed their parking minimum laws.
September 23, 2016, 6am PDT
The people have chosen a name for a new tunnel-boring machine in Atlanta, and the name they chose is Driller Mike.
September 9, 2016, 8am PDT
A new crowdsourced map projects asks people to draw their city limits from memory.
May 2, 2016, 5am PDT
The second "Empowered Design, By 'the Crowd'" article offers insight into making the most out of new crowdsourcing resources.
April 4, 2016, 2pm PDT
A reply to skeptics about the democratic power and potential of civic crowdfunding platforms.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.