Your City, Your Map

We are flocking to the city. Great storytellers are using many mediums to surface the evolution of cities from Urbanized (documentary film) to living in Arrival City (book). The Institute of the Future created a Future of Cities, Information, and Inclusion Map (book) / 10-year forecast map (PDF) to demonstrate the evolution of cities and includes Ushahidi examples.

People are telling map stories of corruption, urban design, neighbourhoods, city-building, cooperation, traffic, preparedness and more. Giving a visual life to our communities and their issues, strategy and needs, here are some Ushahidi and Crowdmap examples:

Fix My Street (Dublin, Ireland)

South Dublin County Council is taking reports about road conditions, litter and drainage:

Lagos Traffic (Lagos, Nigeria)

Lagos (city and state) is the second fastest growing city in Africa. The Lagos Traffic Map hopes to account for the appalling situation that inhabitant and motorists go through everyday; helps to give out early warnings to air, water and road users; and helps emergency managers in coordinating and managing mishaps. It is a two-month pilot project lead by Nigerian volunteers. Follow the hashtag #lagostraffic.

By the City/For the City (New York City, USA):
By the City / For the City is a project created and executed by the Institute for Urban Design. They worked with the Project for Public Spaces (PPS). digital team to develop the platform using their Ushahidi-based Placemap tool. Using a map to build open government and civic engagement, PPS focuses on digital placemaking by using “integration of social media into Placemaking practices, which are community-centered, encouraging public participation, collaboration, and transparency.” While this year’s completion is complete, the Institute for Urban Design is planning next year’s map.

Segnala Livorno (Livorno, Italy)
They encourage the community to map their problems every day from potholes in the streets, the beaches are dirty to degradation in the parks.

Mapping social problems (Chisinau, Moldova)

Community Planning and Design: Connecting professionals with communities (Toronto, Canada)

What is your city story?

Other City building examples:

Heather L.

4 Responses to “Your City, Your Map”

  1. Today’s urban crisis calls for new solutions, sustainable cities today will create tomorrow’s success stories. In cities alone, over trillions of dollars will be invested in essential services such as transport, because we want to be part of the solution, helping to co-ordinate and aggregate data should be more prior. Thanks to all that are building the next generation cities through citizen reporting

  2. I’ve been trying to harness the capacity of maps since 1993 as a tool for helping volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs reach more youth in high poverty neighborhoods of Chicago. I’ve been building a database of existing programs, with sorts for age group, type of program and zip code. Now this information is shared in a searchable on-line map which you can see at . We’ve used donated ESRI software to build a desktop version and this map gallery show how we integrate maps into stories that intend to draw more attention and resources to the poverty neighborhoods of Chicago.

    I’m looking for volunteers or sponsor who can help expand these uses of maps. For instance, we could map real-time connections of people, such as conferences that are hosted in different cities. We also could help connect volunteers and alumni from different programs in different cities via maps where they are encouraged to self-identify.

    I don’t have the expertise or time to develop this myself so seek help from others who see the value to their own community.