Coding your own urban renewal

Craft & Design
Coding your own urban renewal

You’ve probably already heard of, the “hyperlocal” news, information, and conferencing service created to serve cities, towns, and neighborhoods throughout the US. John Geraci, one of the co-founders of, has launched a new site called DIYcity. The idea here is to use the crowdsourcing power of the interwebs and open source/Web 2.0 software tools to create applications and services that improve the quality of life in our urban environments. The site is a place where people can come to present and discuss problems and then propose and develop solutions. The site will post these problems as weekly challenges to the DIYcity community. Here’s their first challenge:

DIYcity Challenge #1: build a Twitter bot that helps users avoid traffic and get where they’re going faster.


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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at

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