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Neighborhood Innovation Programs

A neighborhood innovation lab gathers residents, educators, tech companies, government officials and other stakeholders to solve local problems through data analysis, apps, sensors that monitor neighborhood resources and Internet of Things (Iot) devices.

Active Streets Toolkit

The Active Streets LA Street Treatment toolkit contains 45 idea cards explainging elements of street design, signage and transportation assets.

Infunstructure Trivia Site

Infunstructure is a Tumblr site with fun trivia on infrastructure sponsored by smart city tech compnay Placemeter.

Playgrounds for Useful Knowledge

Playgrounds for Useful Knowledge held playful community programming on a vacant lot to tackle thorny issues such as gentrification, environmental restoration and housing through participatory design.

Tools for DIY Infographics

Infographis quickly convey informationvisually. There are several online websites and mobile apps with templates and tools At GreaterPlaces, we believe "making the case" for better communities needs better tools to simplify and visualize typically bland data and information.

Tool Lending Libraries

Like a book lending library, tool libraries allow members to check out hand/power tools for short term use.

Arts and Planning Toolkit

The Arts and Planning Toolkit include tools to support & innovate placemaking and community development work incorporating arts, culture, and the creative community. Aimed towards urban/community planners in Massachusetts, any town can adapt the featured strategies.

Healthy Corner Store Initiatives

Healthy corner store initiatives aim to expand healthy eating options to corner stores and sidewalk stalls in areas with little or no access to fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods. Healthy corner store initiatives aim to expand healthy eating options to corner stores and sidewalk stalls in areas with little or no access to fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods.

Free Sunscreen

Sunscreen dispensers can help prevent risks of skin cancer/melanoma particularly in open, sunny areas like parks, near waterfronts and during street festivals.

TOOLS: Photo Blur

Our own photos are often best for telling a story about creating great places. However, there are times when you don't want everything distinguishable in your power point, brochure or report.

TOOLS: Cutouts

Photoshop is a powerful, but expensive, tool for inserting images to spread ideas and make the case for community improvements. However, getting the right images is a painstaking, often expensive, & a sensitive topic for people who don't want their faces in your powerpoint (especially children). Luckily, cutouts let us pop copyright-free people and amentities into our own presentations in Powerpoint or Indesign.