Community mapping in action on Shareabouts Day

Thursday was Shareabouts Day* at OpenPlans. After a hotly contested call for proposals, the team hunkered down and built maps for five compelling community mapping projects. Meet the new members of the Shareabouts family: Neighborhood improvements in Jackson Heights, Queens NY, with the Jackson Heights Beautification Group. Historic buildings in Louisville KY, with University of Louisville's Urban Design Read more…

We’re at the Venice Biennale

If you're in Venice, check us out at the Venice Biennale! How can citizens help cities run more smoothly? What if cities could share software and data with other cities, learning from each other’s successes to conquer similar challenges? Our work with New York City Department of Transportation is featured in Spontaneous Interventions, the USA pavilion: Read more…

Open & Candid: Stephen Miller

Stephen Miller joins Streetsblog NY as a reporter. He'll be covering the transportation beat in New York City, bringing you the word from the livable streets. He's currently studying at Pratt Institute's City and Regional Planning program and has worked to engage the community on Metropolitan Branch Trail in Washington D.C. Stephen sat down to talk about Read more…

Watercooler: Drip, drip, drip

Labor Day, it was here and now it’s gone.  The sunlight is less intense, the days are getting shorter.  OpenPlansers’ vacation plans had become reality and now reside as memories. The air conditioners get pulled from the windows; summer planterbox gardens have been harvested. Bikers rejoice at getting to work covered in glow, but not Read more…

DC: help us test our traffic crowdsourcing app!

Over the last several months OpenPlans has developed a real-time traffic crowdsourcing application for Cebu City in the Philippines, working with the World Bank.  Once deployed in Cebu, the application will collect real-time traffic data from 500 Android phones deployed in taxi cabs. This data will provide citizens with up-to-date information about traffic conditions and the historical Read more…