Team Plott: Yaminie Patodia, Thomas Chan, Mitch Said and Kristin O’Friel
Designing Around Place, Fall 2008


311 Summary

– Provide the public with quick, easy access to all New York City government services and information while maintaining the highest possible level of customer service.
– Help agencies improve service delivery by allowing them to focus on their core missions and manage their workload efficiently.
– Provide insight into ways to improve City government through accurate, consistent measurement and analysis of service delivery Citywide.

Graffiti Cleanup Request (CAU): Graffiti found on an accessible area of a private or commercial building.
Sanitation Condition – StreetCond/Dump-Out/Drop-Off (Illegal Dumping) (DSNY): Large bulk refuse that has been discarded anywhere except for an authorized designated area.  Common dumping items include appliances, furniture, and tires.
Vacant Lot – Request to Clean Vacant Lot(Unclean) (DSNY): Vacant lot (a piece of ground that is not being used for anything identifiable) found unclean.
Sanitation Condition – StreetCond/Dump-Out/Drop-Off (Dirty Gutter) (DSNY):  Catch basin with litter, leaves, or debris above the hardware.
Water Maintenance – Running Hydrant  (DEP): Fire hydrant leaking or running at full force.
Bus Stop Shelter Complaint – Damaged Other (DOT): Bus stop shelter damaged, e.g. with broken glass, bench, or graffiti.
Derelict Vehicle on Public Property Without Plates (DSNY): Vehicle found on the street or sidewalk without license plates.
Billboard, Building Sign or Awning Complaint (DOB): Sidewalk shed with posted advertisement by a party other then the one doing business at the site.
Building Construction Complaint Unsafe Site (DOB): Work performed that requires a sidewalk shed or a flagman present, and neither is present.
Maintenance or Facility – Garbage or Litter (DPR): New York City Parks Department property with litter or garbage.
Maintenance or Facility – Outdoor Structure Damaged (DPR): New York City Parks Department property with damaged structural features e.g. damaged playground or bench visible from the street.
Sidewalk Condition – Sidewalk Concrete Pedestrian (DOT): Sidewalk with a hole large enough and deep enough to cause immediate harm to a pedestrian.
Sewer Maintenance – Street Cave-In (DEP): A collapse of the roadway surface in which the pavement has cracked apart and fallen into a deep empty space without a solid bottom.
Sewer Maintenance – Catch Basin Sunken (DEP): Sunken, raised, damaged or defective storm drain.
Street Condition – Pothole (DOT): An irregularly shaped, usually circular or ovular, hole in the street with a definable bottom.
Street Condition – Failed Street Repair (DOT): Utility cut no longer level with the surrounding street surface. Utility cuts are usually square or rectangular in shape.
Street Condition – Defective Hardware (DOT): Street hardware such as, but not limited to, electric vaults, that are cracked, missing, above grade or below grade and generally could be a trip hazard or other danger.
Street Sign – Missing (DOT): A street or intersection is missing a Stop, Yield, One Way, or Do Not Enter sign.
Traffic or Pedestrian Signal Defect (DOT): Traffic signal found without light, with defective light or with no visual display.

DAP Links

Web 2.0 Summit 08: Jesse Robbins (O’Reilly Radar)


As of 09/23/08 Google maps includes public transit information! Hooray!

Ride the City helps you plan the safest most efficient bike routes.

Check out NYC Bike Maps biking infrastructure
(also available in streetview) 2008 Citywide Cycling Map detail here

55 Bike Route Mapping Tools

CrashStat 2.0 maps pedestrian and cycling accidents

mobile location-enables gaming:
Battleship: GoogleEarth Mashup
Pac Manhattan

real-time traffic:
Dash Express

google mashups:
Meet Inbetween

DAP: Week 1


Hi, I’m Kristin. I grew up on the Big Island of Hawaii, started my undergraduate degree in Portland, OR as a Biology Major and finished in the Bay Area with a BFA in New Media Arts. Since moving to NYC I have become extremely interested in the ontology of cities, the richness of urban life, ethnographic inquiry, urban infrastructure and the subtleties that transform our experience of space. My work primarily engages public space and cognitive frameworks through interventions in the urban experience. I am most compelled by environmental design, social innovation and playful means.

Personal story about my first encounter with portable locative data:

I resisted getting a cell phone for many years, in a vein similar to my current polarity to Facebook, but finally caved in what I think was 2001/2002. Although prior to consumer integrated GPS, I immediately experienced a Portable Navigation System via a quick call to my dad. His time zone was conveniently 3 hours behind mine, so I could ring him at 1AM exhausted after a concert when I took a wrong turn in San Francisco trying to get back to Santa Cruz and he would look up my location (online/map) and direct me in real time while driving home.

Input text (location) updating database field and writing to gmaps: