We’re working towards cities where communities are partners in shaping neighborhoods, where transportation systems are designed in collaboration with everyone who rides them, and where planners and other professionals are engaging the public in ongoing, productive conversations about positive change. We’re looking forward to public meetings where everyone arrives informed, stays engaged, and leaves happy. We imagine a future where community groups are equipped to collect and make sense of data, running analysis and models in a web browser at the library. We’re looking to use the enormous power of the personal tech revolution — social networks, smartphones, open data and more — to transform how cities are planned, funded, built and operated. In short, we’re on an ambitious mission to make planning more open, more efficient, and more fun.
Our day-to-day work is spent creating beautiful, effective online tools to gather public input and share information. We’re proud to have partnered with cities large and small on projects, and we have a great track record of making tangible steps towards a better planning process.
As an organization and individually, we strive to be good citizens in our home towns of New York City and Philadelphia. All our software work is done as open source, which means everyone benefits from each improvement we make. We welcome participation in our projects and are grateful to everyone for their contributions of code, ideas, and feedback. We help neighborhood organizations get started, providing technical assistance and capacity building. We’re also a convener and host for events that help advance ideas of progressive, tech-supported planning, including PlanningCamp and TransportationCamp. We consider ourselves impartial, informed guides to the exciting world of civic technology.
OpenPlans is a 501(c)3. In addition to our current transportation and planning work, we previously incubated and launched Boundless (formerly OpenGeo), Streetfilms, Streetsblog, and Chalkbeat (formerly GothamSchools). Our previous open source software work has included substantial contributions to projects like OpenTripPlanner and OpenTripPlanner Analyst, and more.