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The Limits of Big Data in the Big City

The Limits of Big Data in the Big City | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it

Why high-tech “solutions” can’t solve many of our most pressing urban problems.  ...and what did work for complex city issue.


...many problems require a decidedly different approach. Take the seven-acre site in Lower Manhattan called the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area, where 1,000 mixed-income apartments are set to rise. A working-class neighborhood that fell to bulldozers in 1969, it stayed bare as co-ops nearby filled with affluent families...


In 2010, with the city ready to invite developers to bid for the site, long-simmering tensions between nearby public-housing tenants and wealthier dwellers like me turned suddenly — well, civil.


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“So those who couldn’t be there had their voices considered and those who were there could see them up on a screen and adopted, modified or rejected.”

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What changed? Was it some multimillion-dollar “open democracy” platform from Cisco, or a Big Data program to suss out the community’s real priorities? Nope.


According to Dominic Pisciotta Berg, then the chairman of the local community board, it was plain old e-mail, and the dialogue it facilitated.


“We simply set up an e-mail box dedicated to receiving e-mail comments” on the renewal project, and organizers would then “pull them together by comment type and then consolidate them for display during the meetings,” he said. “So those who couldn’t be there had their voices considered and those who were there could see them up on a screen and adopted, modified or rejected.”


Through e-mail conversations, neighbors articulated priorities — permanently affordable homes, a movie theater, protections for small merchants — that even a supercomputer wouldn’t necessarily have identified in the data.


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Even for a tech-lover like me, when low-tech works in supporting rich, positive conversation and change, I'm all for it and will certainly share it.  I love to say, "it's the conversation, baby!"  

There are good examples here on "the answers that make cities run more smoothly only inadvertently end up being the ones that make cities run more equitably." ~  D

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The Innovation Cities™ Report by 2thinknow : USA Australia Canada Europe Asia

The Innovation Cities™ Report by 2thinknow : USA Australia Canada Europe Asia | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it
The Innovation Cities™ Framework [ICF] by 2thinknow is a broad-based framework for measurement, comparison, planning and change in and between cities. City performance in 3 factors, 31 city industry and community segments, and 162 city indicators.
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