Crowdsourced Placemaking: A Technology Breakthrough for the Public Process
| Hilton Baltimore, Johnson | Posted: Tuesday, 2:00-3:15 p.m.
Technology can help the public influence what gets built in their communities. “Crowdsourced Placemaking” is an exciting innovation for letting people provide input and suggest and vote upon ideas that can be incorporated into redevelopment plans. This is happening for the first time in the U.S. in Bristol, Connecticut, where 1,000 people online supported a public piazza, which became the centerpiece of the comprehensive redevelopment plan for downtown Bristol created by Renaissance Downtowns. The inclusion of a piazza in the redevelopment plan went viral, as was demonstrated by the efforts of volunteers who ran a Pop-Up Piazza Festival, which attracted up to 20,000 people to Bristol’s downtown. Learn about this fascinating case study; how social media can demonstrate market support for types of uses and users, catalyzing economic development; and how to build community support for large-scale, triple bottom line (social, economic, and environmentally responsible) development.