Archive for December 12th, 2008

This week’s Smart Cities podcast includes a discussion on Wikiplanning (a wiki for community feedback on public projects) with UNC Charlotte Arts + Architecture professor and Director of Charlotte Community Design, Deb Ryan.

Jane had Deb Ryan as a professor back in her Sophomore year so as I sat down to listen to this week’s episode of Smart Cities, I was pleasantly surprised when Ryan appeared on the show.

This interview was particularly spectacular for me because I used the Wikiplanning software when I weighed on the light rail line through NoDa. (The pilot project Dr. Ryan refers to in the interview). Thought Wikiplanning was very adept at receiving feedback and would be an incredible tool for public policy makers as they make community decisions.

Dr. Ryan goes on to say that the people at community meetings often aren’t a true cross-section of the public opinon. She describes that the Wikiplanning software revealed a large silent majority that were very supportive of many city planned ideas.

If you are interested in city development or Charlotte development it is definitely worth a listen, the interview starts around the 30′ mark.

One of my many photos of Uptown Charlotte

One of my many photos of Uptown Charlotte

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