Heart Plan In A Box

Another week, another slew of updates to Plan In A Box… First, a security note: we want your Plans to be Open, but not your passwords. Like most of the web this week, the Heartbleed security vulnerability affected the certificates that keep Plan In A Box accounts safe. We changed the certs on Wednesday, and Read more…

We placed 3rd at Mini Metro Madness…

We spent our lunchtime designing transit systems — competitively. Thanks to Transit Center for hosting the first (annual?) Mini Metro challenge. In the face of a highly competitive field, Andy and Aaron both played two high scoring, transit savvy games to grab us third place. We secured a solid third (mostly by showing up with Read more…

Friday: Livable Streets and the Future of NYC Transportation

Hear from NYC Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, on a panel alongside activists from Make Brooklyn Safer, Transportation Alternatives, Right of Way, Pratt Center for Community Development and StreetsPAC. Hilda Cohen will be talking about Make Brooklyn Safer, and their use of community Shareabouts maps (like this). They are gathering info on dangerous intersections and making Read more…

Coming soon to Plan In A Box

Since launching the alpha version of Plan In A Box at the end of January, we’ve been taking your feedback and comments. We’ve learned a lot about the kinds of information planners want to be sharing, including some of the big questions — why is this project happening? why should I be involved? — right Read more…

Transportation and community involvement in the Energy Wise City, 2/24

Frank will be talking about new public involvement and decision making tools, at NYU’s Energy Wise City on February 24th. The conference will examine the innovations and technologies transforming the world’s urban environments—from grid modernization and commercial and residential efficiency, to transportation and urban renewables—and the critical issues confronting these sectors in the face of climate Read more…

We’re looking for Planning Fellows

Are you interested in using data to create better communities? Or enabling more people to know what’s going on with their local planning projects? Come be a Planning Fellow at OpenPlans! We’re looking for fellows to work alongside us on two fascinating challenges this spring and summer: turning community input from Shareabouts into valuable information, Read more…

Start promoting your projects with Plan In A Box

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Put timely, engaging information about your projects online in a matter of minutes.

Plan In A Box is one part town-hall one part project archive. It’s a place where people can come to find out what’s already happened, what’s happening now, stay engaged, and be more informed participants.

Plan In A Box is ready for you to use. Create a project page today, share, and print it. We’re eager to hear your feedback: we’re reading every email and tweet, and using them to guide which features we build next.


PlanningCampers got an early peek at Plan In A Box

Saturday was the third PlanningCamp, the perfect venue to show Plan In A Box and hear feedback.

We’ve been heads-down for the past few weeks, working on an alpha version. At past PlanningCamps in NYC and Oakland, we learned more about the tools that planners need. This weekend in Philly was our first opportunity to show the work to a wider audience so far, and hear a ton of really great feedback.

Getting to Vision Zero with Shareabouts

Pedestrian deaths are heartbreaking — and avoidable. Last week, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer made safer streets a priority issue, asking community boards to identify the worst locations for pedestrians in each district. We want to see residents given a greater voice in this process, through their community board.

Online crowdsourcing maps with Shareabouts are the best tool to engage residents in identifying problematic locations. Each board can have its own map, open for anyone to identify intersections where they feel unsafe or see others at risk. Residents can explore locations added by their neighbors, and use the site to leave comments and additional information.

Meet our new CTO

2014 is going to be a busy year for OpenPlans, as we turn Plan In A Box from a good idea into a great tool. To keep us producing high-quality software, we’re taking the important step of making someone responsible for thinking through our tech choices and improving how we do projects. I’m delighted to announce that Aaron is stepping up to become OpenPlans’ CTO.

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