Thursday, January 31, 2013

Improve the Street with Street View

NYC.gov are using Street View to provide citizens with a unique new way to report local problems and to gather public feedback along Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn.

What needs improving on Fourth Ave in Bay Ridge? allows users to explore Fourth Ave on Google Maps Street View and add a comment directly to the image of where they think problems exist or where they believe the city could make improvements. The comments added to the application so far include problems with street lighting, double parking, problems with crosswalks, wrongly positioned speed-bumps etc.

The Street View interface is a working example of OpenPlan's Fitzgerald application. Using Fitzgerald, people can annotate Street View imagery to provide detailed, highly-specific comments about places. Administrators can then review comments and at the same time see exactly what the person was looking at when they left a comment.
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