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  • Jeff

    My Industrial Design thesis project was focused on wandering and discovery. Such a great focus.

  • LA River Revitalization Corporation

    This is such a great idea! I wish we had one of these maps for Los Angeles. There are so many gorgeous hidden places across the city to discover.

    • Wendy Fong

      We'd love to scale the app to different cities, LA being one of them!

  • shadeadawn

    I'm living in Amman, Jordan this summer, and after reading this article it's so apparent to me that the developing world needs this kind of innovation even more than San Francisco .There are so many hidden stairwells and walking paths, empty lots with breath-taking views and a dearth of public parks in the city. People don't walk, don't discover the city on foot because there is a perception there is nowhere to go. I love discovering the city on my own, but having an resource like this would be so useful in Amman for travelers and locals alike.

    • Wendy Fong

      Public space is incredibly important, as currently demonstrated in Turkey. More citizens need to have access. I encourage you to start documenting these hidden spots in Amman and possibly putting together an open source document like Open Street maps.

  • Allison Arieff

    The urban planning and policy think tank SPUR catalogued all of the city's POPOs back in 2009 ( and the City of San Francisco has a downloadable map of them as well: Always good to see what's out there before launching a new project!

    • Wendy Fong

      Indeed, we are big fans of SPUR! Urban Wander's added value is going beyond POPOS (located all in FIDI) to highlight urban gems (parklets, slides, stairways, community gardens...) in other parts of the city. So many opportunities to discover and explore in this great city:)

  • Scott Boggs

    I'm a big fan of (The Cultural Landscape Foundation). Based in N.Y., they somehow have managed to scan the U.S. for endangered gardens, traditional estates, art deco/modernist/post modern office buildings and homes, urban wetlands and woodlands, and so much more. Even the hilly-sloped garden of Alcatraz Island prison is on their list! So many pretty places with cultural and environmental significance in all U.S. regions and territories (a Caribbean paradise or two). Caveat: maybe you'll get a little bit bummed out if you click on the link leading you to 10 "Lost Landscapes" (demolished or paved over since about 2000). But they only have a list of ten there.

    • Wendy Fong

      Thanks for the link! Love the idea of activating endangered gardens and reclaiming those spaces:)