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How Shareabouts supports Participatory Budgeting in NYC

Shareabouts enables communities to come together and share ideas about the places they know. Participatory budgeting is an empowering process that taps community knowledge to identify and fund projects to make neighborhoods stronger. This fall, NYC residents in 23 districts can use Shareabouts to propose projects, via ideas.pbnyc.org. Idea gathering also happens at neighborhood assemblies, with lots Read more…

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#PWPB, let’s talk engagement for walking, biking, and great places

Chat with OpenPlans at at Pro Walk Pro Bike in Pittsburgh this week – Frank will be holding down the OpenPlans table in the exhibit hall, so stop by to chat about using OpenPlans and Shareabouts for effective community engagement, and open source tech tools for planning.

Come to one of these sessions for a deeper dive:

Wednesday, 10am – Expanding the Toolbox: Using Online Tools to Support Placemaking. Hear about building an engaged constituency in support of streetscape projects, by keeping communities informed throughout public input through to implementation. In Room 304.

Wednesday 1:15pm – Shareabouts: Using Online Crowdsourcing Maps. In Room 305. Come to the peer problem solving session, for a conversation about using online maps to tap into community wisdom and get people engaged. Shareabouts maps can be used for data collection about existing conditions and community desires. Frank will chat through examples where Shareabouts works well, and how to get the most out of a map.

Streamlined project setup on OpenPlans

We’ve just launched some changes to streamline the creation and editing of projects.

You’ll see the changes as soon as you log in to your OpenPlans.org account. We hope you’ll find the new layout easier to navigate.

We’ve added some much-requested features: you can now preview your page at any time. You can also add multiple text sections. Your embedded Shareabouts map can be at the top of the page, above or below your timeline – it’s your call.

Demos from OpenPlans at APA 2014

In September, catch OpenPlans at a conference near you

The conference season is starting up again after the summer hiatus, and Team OpenPlans will be hitting the road throughout September. Come see us at one of the following gatherings –

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The OpenPlans way

Chicago DOT recently launched a new bike parking requests website, using Shareabouts. It’s a neat project, and bike parking requests are flooding in. Beyond being a neat example of responsive government, the project is also a great case study for how we work at OpenPlans. Here’s why: Shareabouts is an open source software project. That Read more…

How to write about your planning project, part 2: getting involved

We’re seeing some great project websites being created on OpenPlans.org. To help you create better pages, we’re sharing tips and tricks here on our blog. Drop us a line anytime with questions, or head over to our community pages to share ideas and projects with other OpenPlans users. In Part 1, I talked about shaping your project description – Read more…

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