Rescape your street!

What if you could create a sketch design of your street, with new bike lanes, pocket parks and more? This summer, planner and software developer Andy Likuski joined OpenPlans on a fellowship to work on his Rescape software, a sketch tool for street designs. Rescape adds tools to Google Sketchup that makes it easier to do neighborhood Read more…

Join MTA as CTO for the Bus System!

The MTA recently posted its call for a bus CTO–a person responsible for “transforming our customer communications and service management systems via a non-proprietary approach using open standard interfaces, open data, and (when applicable), open source software. The position aims to build off recent progress, including switching to an open data policy and the development Read more…

Civic Commons: Intelligent Cities Interview with Nick Grossman

At the Intelligent Cities Forum, Peter Corbett of iStrategyLabs spoke with Nick Grossman about how OpenPlans, Civic Commons, and Code for America are improving civic technology through transparent and open data and formats.  The end goal? Improving cities.   Check out the video of the interview after the jump:

More Chatter From The Watercooler…

A few more of the links that we’ve been passing around and chewing over this week – If Republicans got their way and public space was privatized…  Timeshare Backyard is the terrifying model for the future of privatized open space.  Bought to you by the Participation Agency, a project only the Ron Swansons of the world could love. Playing SimCity Read more…

Pick our Panel for SXSW 2012

Civic Works’ Frank Hebbert and Francisca Rojas of the Transparency Policy Project propose a panel discussion for SXSW 2012 called  “Communities of Transparency: Open Data in Action“. Many open government initiatives have been supply-side efforts that post data that is too obscure, too complex, or too out of date to be of any real value to Read more…

Open Streets Project

We’re proud to announce our collaboration with the Alliance for Biking and Walking and the Street Plans Collaborative to power the Open Streets Projects’ website.  We love Open Streets as much as we love our project partners. The  Open Streets Movement encourages citizens to see their streets as true public spaces and promotes biking and walking in the Read more…

Take a trip to transportation.openplans.org

OpenPlans Transportation’s website has arrived.. All of your favorite OpenPlans Transportation projects live there: the MTA’s CIS pilot project (aka MTA BusTime for the B63), the Tri-Met System Map and SoundTransit’s Trip Planner. Learn about the open-source platforms we’re developing such as our Trip Planner, our interactive CIS map system and real time CIS communication system. Read more…