Watercooler: Queens of the Surface Streets

Just what were we chatting about last week? Well, it was a livable cities type of week. City governments, citizens, and the organizations trying to make them just a bit more livable and a bit more people friendly captured our attention and bubbled to the top of our Watercooler. This happened just as the weather was reaching Read more…

b-roll: Andrew is visualizing urban accessibility with OpenTripPlanner Analyst

OpenTripPlanner has made rapid progress over the last few years and is now being used in production systems providing multi-modal itineraries to public transit riders, pedestrians, and cyclists around the world. However, the routing engine at its core has the potential to answer much more general questions about efficient paths through the city. These possibilities Read more…

OpenBag: Pratt Institute’s Programs for Sustainable Development

Pratt Institute’s Jaime Stein, John Shapiro, and Lacey Tauber stopped by OpenBag to introduce their newest urban design programs.   They are all a part of Pratt’s Programs for Sustainable Planning and Development, described  as “an alliance of four programs with a shared value placed on urban sustainability — defined by the ‘triple bottom line’ of environment, equity Read more…

StreetsMedia is looking for an intern.

StreetsMedia is seeking a Development Intern for Summer and Fall 2012 . You know StreetsMedia – it's the part of OpenPlans that advocates for better transportation, smarter cities, and urban sustainability, through the nationally recognized websites Streetsblog.org and Streetfilms.org. StreetsMedia is currently diversifying their funding strategy to engage multiple foundation funders, individual and major donors, Read more…

b-roll: Chris is improving our tools for online community engagement

PlanningPress is our web platform for engagement in urban planning projects. We’re working on it in partnership with the NYC Department of Transportation. PlanningPress powers DOT’s Transportation Feedback Portals.  Each portal presents a project and helps the public to be part of the planning process. Take a look at the Jackson Heights portal. The website introduces the changes Read more…

Watercooler: Water Towers and Alley Ways

+ Absolutely beautiful water tower sculpture now roofing it in DUMBO, NYC. via curbed.com + NYC’s first  first sustainability hackathon: Reinvent Green, a joint initiative of NYC Digital and the Mayor’s Office of Long-term Planning and Sustainability. via nyc.gov + The Bloomberg Foundation’s Mayor Challenge: a challenge from the Bloomberg Foundation to ‘make government work better’ (sounds familiar!) Team up with a city, Read more…