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  • Sunil Malhotra

    Great app … makes sense for people to get involved with the administration to make their life easier in identifying specific improvements. This can also encourage better civic sense.

  • busride

    I'm not bowled over with enthusiasm. This increases the bias towards the already empowered folks who are comfortable with digital devices. It also seems like a great way to encourage not thoughtful identification of "problems" and "solutions."

    • Jessica Lowry

      Hi busride, I entirely agree with you which is why this is NOT an app - lots of people jump to that conclusion, but its actually a website which means that you can access Key to the Street from any type of device. Also, the first beta of Key to the Street will be utilizing Twilio capabilities - this means, we can apply a phone number to a project enabling even more people to participate.
      My number one goal is to break down barriers and empower EVERYONE to participate - no matter if it's via voicemail, text or using the design tool on the website.

  • thedreambuildersproject

    EXCELLENT! People love to be involved. Giving people the opportunity to help build up the city they live in gives for an even stronger sense of community, and a deeper connection to that city. People participating in their city makes them love where they live even more. Being able to be apart of the decision making process for city views and landscapes must be appealing to those who have so many negative things to say. Keep people involve, it keeps them happy :) Thank you

    • Jackie Ramirez

      Erik, how thoughtful and awesome you are. Thank you for helping Jessica out! This is a prime example of the GOOD community adding value to each other. Thank you for carrying our mission forward. HUGE KUDOS!

      • Erik Tilkemeier

        No kudos required, Jackie. I thought that was the purpose of networking!

  • Stephen Thomas

    I'm a UX designer with a huge interest in urban planning. Totally geeking out over this. Brilliant!

    • Jessica Lowry

      Thanks Stephen, I always started new UX projects with rounds of paper-protoyping and the process of conducting UX research has inspired a lot of the features for Key to the Street. Imagining flexible urban design that can adapt to the changing needs of the community seems to make good sense not only from a design perspective, but especially from an investment perspective.
      So much of city planning seems to be all or nothing - maybe there's space for a more iterative approach? I hope Key to the Street will enlighten new ways of approaching old problems.

      • Alessandra Rizzotti

        I totally want to start taking UX classes to broaden my understanding of how tech and urbanism collide. Any recs? I've started at General Assembly but I'd love more suggestions.