Urban Planning Tool Empowers Locals To Improve Their City’s Walkability [Video]

Urban Planning Tool Empowers Locals To Improve Their City’s Walkability [Video]

New app that lets you crop buildings, plant flowers, and erase highways in real-time.

Serena Chu
  • 16 october 2013

People just do not have the time to stop and smell the roses anymore; which is a shame, considering many cities have been redeveloped and modernized to encompass a better pedestrian-friendly atmosphere.

Key to the Street is a web-based tool that encourages more community engagement among citizens, as well as local governments. Establishing an infinite dialogue about the potential of their city, Key to the Street gives users to access the entire library of pedestrian-contributed sketches. Jessica Lowry created the citizen-planning app to slow down the pace of your busy life, and to let you sketch the world as you imagined it.

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Allowing anyone to virtually design public spaces, the app lets pedestrians rediscover their city from a different, eco-friendly perspective. By taking a picture with your smartphone, you can edit and add additional features, such as shrubs, flowers, and whatever else that comes to mind. It is a great way to collaborate ideas, and participate in urban design and city planning.

If you were wondering how the app works, here is a video that further illustrates how Key to the Street works.

Key to the Street 


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