Show some love to Beautiful Streets

It’s Valentine’s Day, so it’s only right that we turn to the City of Brotherly Love for a love-themed streets project. Hot from the labs, say hello to Beautiful Streets.

Screen capture from Beautiful Streets

Don’t you just love the way some streets feel? And have you noticed how some neighborhoods feel great? We wondered if there’s a measurement tool that could help you just go with your gut (also a theme, let’s face it, on this day of chocolates and blow-out meals). It’s hard to define exactly why a place is great, but can you tell a beautiful place from somewhere that’s not so hot?

Beautiful Streets is an experiment: we’re trying out a different way to evaluate places, called pairwise surveys, as popularized by the fantastic All Our Ideas. We’re also testing out some neat interface ideas, and thinking about the use of Street View for urban planning.

With your help, we’ll use Beautiful Streets to compare 200 randomly-selected streets in Philly and ask which one in each pair is more beautiful.  We expect this experiment will produce some neat data, which will of course be openly available for all kinds of interpretation and visualization.

Try it out, and let us know what you think. You can find the source on GitHub, and some ideas about next steps in our public issue tracker. Props to Aaron Ogle (@atogle) and Mjumbe Poe (@mjumbewu), and the Civic Works team. ♥.