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All Eyes

Designing for safety often relies on “eyes on the street“. After recent moves from Vancouver to Whitehorse to Toronto, I have been considering how living in a much bigger city affects my safety.

Rioters and vandals in Vancouver's Stanley Cup riots earlier this month have since found themselves tagged and identified using social media. Thanks to Dustan Sept on Flickr for this evocative Creative Commons photo.

The assumption that urban anonymity leads to more crime is likely true. It makes sense that safety in smaller places is due to tighter networks and the increased likelihood of being caught or ostracized due to actions.

Fortunately, the digital shrinking of the world is mimicking the surveillance of a small town. Paired … Continue Reading

Upcoming Event: Planning Engagement through New Media (Vancouver)

While amazing possibilities exist for the use of digital media in planning engagement, a host of challenges often face intrepid planners who make the leap to actually using these innovative engagement methods.

Vancouver-based readers should check out next Wednesday’s event called “New Expressions of Planning Engagement.” Targeted to planning practitioners and students, it will feature three stories from Lower Mainland planners who have led new media engagement in their communities, and offer lessons based on their experiences.

The essential details are as follows:

Wednesday, November 17, 2010 7-9pm
Roundhouse Community Arts & Rec Centre, Room B
181 Roundhouse Mews (Davie & Pacific), Vancouver
Canada Line SkyTrain Station: Yaletown-Roundhouse

Please RSVP to vanessak at interchange.ubc.ca by November 15.
PIBC members can earn 2 LUs of organized CPD for attending this event.

For more information, check out the poster, … Continue Reading

Online Storytelling Part 1 – EdmontonStories

Canadian author and storyteller Roch Carrier, as a 10-year-old boy wearing his despised Toronto Maple Leafs hockey sweater. Public Domain photo.

Roch Carrier’s short story The Hockey Sweater, based on an experience from his own childhood, tells one of the defining narratives of Quebecois, and Canadian identity. It reflects inequities and tension between Francophones and Anglophones and captures a shared national obsession with hockey. An excerpt from the story graces the back of Canada’s $5 bill, and never fails to make me smile.

Shared stories strengthen and even define social groups, from families to communities to nations. Personal stories communicate the lived realities of every planning issue. However, the reach of these stories is traditionally limited to the storyteller’s immediate community.

Innovative initiatives in two western … Continue Reading

Using Social Media to Make Transit Fun!

Around North America and Europe, a whole lot of energy is being invested in using social media to improve communication between transit agencies and the people who rely on their services. An impressive and ever-growing array of agency-created and privately-produced iPhone and iPod Touch apps disseminate information about transit schedules, service updates and even real-time bus and train locations.

The US-based website CityGoRound helps people to find local transit, biking, walking and driving applications. Advancing its overall goal of making sustainable transportation more convenient, CityGoRound also actively encourages transit agencies to make their data public.

Just as users can access information about transit services, transit providers also can take advantage of social media to gather data from their users. For instance, as discussed in this PlanningPool post, … Continue Reading

transitFAIL: Using social media to make things better

Welcome to Fail Week here on PlanningPool! All week we will be bringing you information about bad planning, lack of planning, and planning generally gone awry.

On Twitter, people use hashtags ("#") to talk about a topic, in this case the failings of public transit.

At PlanningPool, we’re big fans of Twitter, because it’s a tool that combines the less high-tech (cell phones) with the more high tech (internet) and gets people in touch with each other. For planning, Twitter can be used as a public engagement tool, like with Portland’s @PDXplan. Twitter can also be used to mobilize people, as was famously done with the Iran elections.

One of the more complicated aspects of Twitter are hashtags. Hashtags are words preceded by the … Continue Reading

PlanningPool @ Fresh Media on Saturday!

Fresh MediaJust a quick heads up – Planning Pool is going to be at Fresh Media on Saturday!

Fresh Media is a celebration of innovation and independent media, and a re-imagining of media and journalism in Canada. The collaborative forum and unconference happening Oct 24th from 12:00 – 6:30pm at the spanking new W2 space at 112 West Hastings!

Hope to see you there.

Why Mix Urban Planning and Social Media?

Contemporary urban planning uses many techniques to get people involved in a particular planning process. These techniques range from mail-in or telephone surveys to multiple-day design charrettes or open houses. The advent of social media, which is a set of tools found on the internet like blogs, forums, wikis, social networking sites, and collaborative software, is really exciting for the planning field. All of these tools can help communities think about, design, and build the kind of communities they want. Social media tools can also help planners and local governments stay in touch with people to make planning more effective and representative.

This essay describes social media in more detail and tries to explain why people like to participate in social media. It also describes ways in which social media can help planning be more participatory. Nevertheless, there are some … Continue Reading