Over the next couple of months we will be asking the city to answer the basic question: which street is more beautiful? We hope to generate a large database of crowdsourced data on preferences for streets throughout the city. The choices have been randomly generated across the city. This dataset will then be available for coders and designers at our summer hackathon to visualize and interpret using other available datasets in the region. We are very excited about this because it will help us test an interface that could be used in the future on specific planning and civic engagement processes here in the region and across the country.
We’re excited too. We launched Beautiful Streets for Philly back in February. As I write this, 102,982 pairs have been evaluated, producing a fascinating dataset. For Denver, you can optionally tell the app where you’re based, which gives an even richer picture of how preferences might vary between different places. Or not – let’s find out!.
Prepping the project for Denver has given us a chance to write some documentation and tidy up the configuration process. Check out the project on github. Maybe there are some Beautiful Streets near you?