6 Examples of Citizen Science at Work
A few examples from around the world illustrate the power of crowdsourcing to expand the scope of scientific inquiry.
In D.C., Sidewalks Don’t Equal Walkability
In theory, sidewalks are what make cities walkable. But in Washington, D.C., many sidewalks are not accessible to the people who use them.
'Project Sidewalk' Crowdsources ADA Compliance
A crowdsourcing app allows citizens to hold the public realm to higher standards of access and mobility.
Crowdsourced Bus Startup Expands Service
The first company to determine bus routes by popular demand has found success in multiple states.
SEPTA Catches Philadelphia's Mascot Fever
And perhaps regrets it.
The Gig Economy for Mapping
A new startup wants to use blockchain and the Uber model to create free, open-source maps.
Friday Fun: Ceci N’est Pas une Rue
When allowing a crowd to decide the name of something important, make sure to add a layer of self-control.
Meet the New 'Neighborhood Stereotyping Tool'
'Hoodmaps' are here, but the crowdsourcing map tool is attempting to improve on the "Judgmental Maps" that came before.
'Video Analytics' a New Tool for Vision Zero Traffic Safety Goals
Project launch seeks volunteers to analyze videos, support new technology
Chariot Commuter Shuttle in San Francisco Expands 50 Percent After Ford Acquisition
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.
Which U.S. Cities Are Lowering Parking Minimums?
Based on crowdsourced data from across the country, this updated map shows which municipalities have eliminated, lowered, or discussed their parking minimum laws.
Atlanta's New Tunnel-Boring Machine Named for a Rapper
The people have chosen a name for a new tunnel-boring machine in Atlanta, and the name they chose is Driller Mike.
How Well Do You Know Your City's Boundaries?
A new crowdsourced map projects asks people to draw their city limits from memory.
Four Steps to Enhanced Crowdsourcing
The second "Empowered Design, By 'the Crowd'" article offers insight into making the most out of new crowdsourcing resources.
Let's Talk About Civic Crowdfunding and Government Responsibility
A reply to skeptics about the democratic power and potential of civic crowdfunding platforms.
Empowered Design, By 'The Crowd'
Crowdsourcing offers a viable resource for planners to empower communities and engage citizens to collectively innovate solutions to complex urban problems.
Planning Better Bike Infrastructure with Wikimaps
Fairfax County, Virginia is taking an innovative approach to crowdsourcing feedback on how to improve bicycle infrastructure around transit stations.
Friday Funny: Trolling the World's Landmark Buildings
Some people just can't find beauty any where in the world—even while visiting the world's most iconic buildings.
Crowdsourced App Finds Playgrounds for All Children
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.
New York City's Crowdsourced Street Safety Map
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.
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Harvard GSD Executive Education
Harvard GSD Executive Education
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City of Morganton
This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.