After creating StreetSeats.org, Mike Lydon and Justin Brandon used Neighborland to gauge interest in a mapping party, and then planned a group event to map DIY seating in lower Manhattan:
Idea: 16 neighbors want a collaborative mapping party to map street seats in Manhattan. Action: After creating StreetSeats.org, Mike Lydon and Justin B
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Join Neighborland, Street Plans Collaborative, and the CNU New York chapter for an afternoon of exploration & street seat mapping!
We will gather at the southwest corner of Union Square in Manhattan at 1:00 PM on Saturday, April 6th, by the Gandhi statue. We'll go over instructions at that time, before sending everyone out into the city in small groups to find and document the location of DIY street seating to build up the public database StreetSeats.org, and help New Yorkers find a nice place to sit, relax, and watch the world go by. At 5:00 PM, we'll regroup at The Magician on the Lower East Side for a happy hour and to share our findings. See you there!
To register a team in advance, please email email@example.com. Otherwise, show up solo and we'll form groups that afternoon.
We'd love to get some NYU students involved. If we wanted to pursue this would we go through you or reach out to someone at Wagner directly?
I am an alum of the NYU Wagner School for Public Service. While most graduate programs require students to complete a thesis, Wagner has the CAPSTONE Program, which is a resource for different types of organizations, including urban planning firms (like StreetSeats). The Capstone program essentially pairs teams of Wagner students with a client organization for the duration of an academic year to work on a proposed project for clients. See: wagner.nyu.edu/capstone for more details.
Having a set project team to organize the mapping parties and collect/input the data could be a great asset towards resolving this issue AND It would still permit anyone from this site (or any other interested persons) to participate.