Google Street View is the largest, publicly available collection of street imagery in existence. We’re building innovative online tools that put Street View to work for planners and cities as a crowdsourcing tool. Fitzgerald gathers annotation on Street View images, and Beautiful Streets performs pair-wise comparisons of streets.
Street View Comments with Shareabouts for Street View
Use (digital) eyes on the street to gather comments about problems and opportunities: with Fitzgerald, people can annotate Street View imagery to provide detailed, highly-specific comments about places. Reviewing the comments, see exactly what the person was looking at when they left a comment.
- let users explore a street using Street View, panning and zooming to find locations of interest
- leave comments on particular location
- read comments from others and see what the author was looking at when leaving the comment
- gather and export all the locations for more complex analysis
Pairwise comparisons with Beautiful Streets
Pairwise comparison is an established tool for understanding how people feel about streets and places. Which one is more beautiful? Which feels safer? By gathering a large dataset of comparisons, planners can distill the findings and engage the public in a discussion about common features in liked and disliked places.
Beautiful Streets takes the concept of pairwise evaluation online. Participants can click to indicate their preferred street when shown a pair of Street View locations, based on a question you define, such as, “which street is more beautiful?”. A pilot of 200 street pairs in Philadelphia attracted over 100,000 evaluations.
- use Beautiful Streets to gather data about different neighborhoods in advance of public meetings
- compare different street treatments to understand which ones are liked by citizens
- gather detail about participants’ background that they bring to the tool, such as home zip code and most used travel modes.
Contact us to learn about using these tools in your planning projects.