Airbnb teamed up with governments and tourism organizations to add the City portal for locally-specific data. The dashboard includes local and global insights into the short-term rental market characteristics, which helps governments and tourism organizations to take advantage of the information. information is currently available for certain big cities.
local information(restaurants, entertainment, etc.) is available to travelers in one location
Tourism organizations can see where the guests are coming from and adjust their marketing accordingly
Governments can develop fair short-term rental policies and regulations and allocate appropriate taxes
Central location for resources such as neighborhood support hotline and where law enforcement supports may be needed
Policing the policies is easier if officials have questions or receive complaints as the information is all in one place
Local businesses and communities
Since this portal has already been established for larger cities and hot vacation spots, an initiative to expand to smaller towns and communities will benefit the local communities.
Establish a group within Airbnb, or government funded team, to research and prepare a list of isolated vacation locations that could be added to the existing hot vacation spots.
Reach out to local businesses and potential available rental properties to expand the database
Market these isolated new locations with a campaign slogan “Spread-out America” to ease back into normality post COVID19 pandemic.
City of Detroit to partner with Google to create a portal specifically for affordable housing in Detroit to make it easier for Detroiters to find and apply for affordable housing
13 employees of the Housing and Revitalization Department(HRD) will be working with Google.org to create and maintain the site. Timeline for completion of the site is end of 2021 and citizens will be able to filter and search for different housing options and this will enable citizens to rent and stay in the City.
The City is also ramping up their affordable housing portfolio and their goal is to create equal opportunity for everyone.
City of Detroit
Office of the Mayor
Department of Housing and Revitalization
Citizens of Detroit
Hiring skillful individuals to work on developing the portal
Identifying the available affordable housing portfolio
Broadcast and promote the website. advertise on buses and billboards throughout underserved communities
Public-private partnership between Duke Energy and Charlottes Area Transit System(CATS) will pilot a program to utilize 18 battery operated bus vehicles in the city and surrounding areas. Program to begin in early 2022 and span over 12-18 months
Pilot program is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies American Cities Climate Challenge, and FTA(Federal Transit Administration) and CATS Capital Investment Program will fund the pilot program.
Some challenges as CATS collects and assesses the data are:
high upfront cost
performance of the busses for long and frequent routes
finding/testing manufacturers that best suite city’s weather, topography and needs
Charlottes Area Transit System(CATS)
Duke Energy – subsidiary of eTransEnergy
Residents of Charlotte, NC and surrounding areas
Federal Transit Administration(FTA)
Three steps to deploy the technology (assuming funding is in place)
Work with manufacturers that are interested in participating in the program and bus selection
Identify charging needs and potential charging stations and associated infrastructure to support the stations, as buses will draw more energy than the electric cars
Identify bus routes and areas that the program will serve based on above
1) Many app services are reflexive and passive neither allowing the individual nor the project to achieve full realization, whereas Cycle Atlanta makes normative claims of what is happening and what is needed proactively.
1) How to get engage citizens in real time civic problems
Included in this article are 5 platforms to solicit perspectives from the citizen of a particular area. They include the Ivote app, WePower App, Goodnet and give2gether. There is much more to learn about these apps and how they might link to Twitter and Facebook but they provide a great way to get real time connected information about the priorities and concerns of CItizens.
Review the specific needs of the survey or determine what type of feedback would best enable an agenda to move forward. Pick the most appropriate app and communicate its availability to the citizens. Open the voting period and compile real time results.
LeafSnap is a mobile app, developed by Columbia University, the University of Maryland, and the Smithsonian Institution, that identifies trees species from a photograph of its leaves and provides information about its fruits, flowers, seeds and growing conditions
The app works with a snapshot modeled on a face-identification system like a Shazam for plants and delivers a service similar to a Monument Tracker for plants
Not only does the app provide information to the photographer-resident about his local green assets but it also shares the picture and location of the plant with other users and scientists that can use this data to advance their research on biodiversity
Constrains: the system requires photo shooting the leaf on a white piece of paper and the database only provides information about Northeast US, New York City and Washington DC’s species of trees.
3) The stakeholders that will need to use the technology found are:
Columbia University that can partner with NYC to promote and further develop the app
The NYC Department of Parks and Recreation to promote the app on their website and make it available to residents
All residents that will use the app to play or develop their knowledge
The NYC Department of Education can promote the app to middle schools and biology teachers
4) I work for one of the app developers, Columbia University
Build a partnership with the NYC City Parks and Garden for them to
promote “LeafSnap; the number one App that reconnects New Yorkers with their environment” on their website during the summer when nycgovparks.com reaches a high frequentation
make LeafSnap available to download
and integrate the LeafSnap database in the NYC Parks system
Measure app success through figures about the total number of downloaders during the first summer
Use initial success to source funding and develop a GIS for mapping tree species in NYC and making it available to the public
In the long-term, develop FlowerSnap, InsectsSnap and databases for other cities in the US