“New York-based group Picture the Homeless, inspired by crisis-mapping outfit Ushahidi, are using crowdsource mapping to identify vacant property and lots in that city. ”
“Sam Miller, lead organizer for Picture the Homeless, explains.
“In New York City, we’ve been fighting for legislation that would force the city to conduct an annual count of vacant buildings and lots. The Mayor says the city can’t afford it, but we see this as part of a bigger problem where real estate interests block the passage of any progressive legislation that could theoretically impact the housing market. To make the case that a count can be done cost-effectively, we created a (crowdsourced) map to solicit input from the community and create our own count.””
The information gathered will be helpful to “interested parties to fully understand their environment.”
Swati Patel, VERTICES intern