Coding the City We Want to Live In

Eric Brelsford


Where is the vacant land in NYC?

... and who controls it?

We decided to map public vacant land

And work with communities that want to use it

Four things we could help with:

1. Access to the data

2. Using the data

Then, once you've found a spot...

3. Who controls the land? Who do you talk to?

4. How do you work with your neighbors on something like this?


Built on open source

online is not enough!

37 groups of neighbors working together have access to 8 acres of land

596 Acres became an organization

With part-time staff