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Neighborland: Crowd-Sourcing Better Neighborhoods


Neighborland's NYC Community Manager, Brendan Crain, will be joining us to talk about the startup and gather ideas to improve our neighborhoods. He is also the Communications Manager for the Project for Public Spaces and previously worked at the Institute for Urban Design where he co-organized the By the City / For the City crowdsourced design competition, so he has plenty to share about placemaking and community engagement.

We've been seeing an outburst of crowd-funding and crowd-sourcing startups and initiatives launching around the topics of urban improvement and civic engagement. These digital platforms are increasingly democratizing the planning process, giving citizens the chance to participate in urban developments and take action in revitalizing their neighborhoods.

Enter Neighborland, a start-up that aims to be a social network for neighborhoods across the U.S. It provides a simple yet powerful platform for residents, neighborhood organizations, economic development groups and municipalities to share ideas and insights for improving their neighborhood. The project grew out of co-founder Candy Chang's public street art project in New Orleans - she posted nametag-like stickers that said "I wish this was ______" around empty storefronts in New Orleans for residents to fill in the blanks. After launching last year in select cities, Neighborland is now nation-wide.

With a focus on democratizing the urban planning process by facilitating citizen participation, the site works like this: sign in, find your neighborhood, post your idea, then neighbors can support ideas and connect through common interests.

Neighborland is currently focusing on turning those ideas that get enough traction into action, so go ahead and add your ideas on the site.


This meetup is a great opportunity to connect with other urbanists and share ideas, so




Wednesday, December 19th, 6:30-8:30pm

IBM Atrium, 590 Madison Ave. (between 56th & 57th Sts.)

* All are welcome to join for a celebratory holiday drink afterwards at a bar TBA.

Contact me (Leemor) on my cell if you get lost or can't find us: [masked]



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  • Bill A.

    Was happy to learn about this meetup just 1 day before and attend. It was a great vibe and wonderful to partake in an exchange of so many ideas and ways we all can make a difference. Neighbor land put together a nice presentation and I am looking forward to learning more.

    December 20, 2012

  • Mary

    Loved the meetup! I wasn't familiar with Neighborland, so glad to have a chance to learn about it.

    December 20, 2012

  • Rob M.

    Nice presentation, and interesting discussion, as always.

    December 20, 2012

  • Lara

    another great event, Leemor! would love to make it but I have a volunteer commitment that I probably can't reschedule...bummer. L

    December 19, 2012

  • Leemor C.

    Hey everyone,
    Track us tomorrow on Twitter @URBANSPACEship. And if you get lost or need help finding us, feel free to call me at[masked]-4999. There's also a brand new Facebook page for the group, so feel (very) free to like it!
    See you tomorrow!

    December 18, 2012

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