27 Aug '13, 11am

New app lets you hack the streets

New app lets you hack the streets

Sick of fighting for cycling space on streets crowded with SUV-wielding soccer moms? Worry not, Good Citizen: The interwebs are here to help. Now you can redesign your city’s streets, leaving ample room for bike lanes, trees, and — fine — cars too. It’s all right at your fingertips. The web application that makes it possible is called Streetmix . It was built by several members of Code for America , the nonprofit organization that teams up urban-minded activists and computer coders, then drops them into U.S. cities for year-long fellowships, all with the admirable goal of making local government suck less. Streetmix is one of a number of web and smartphone apps designed to coax voters into being more active civic participants. Past Code for America projects have made it easier for citizens to request repairs to streets and sidewalks and other public infrastructure — and tr...

Full article: http://grist.org/cities/new-app-lets-you-hack-the-streets/

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