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The Accessible City

The city administration has moved to acquire the .nyc TLD - its like .com and .org but just for New Yorkers. And it has created a .NYC Advisory Board to help fashion an insightful development plan. We need digital public spaces to help the public engage and run our city. For example, "voters.nyc" with every registered voter getting a "my-city" civic space, e.g., Your.Name.voter.nyc, with candidate info, polling location, ...more »

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Open 311 API

Just as 311 opened the door for crowd sourcing NYC's problems and information, the adoption and full implementation of a Open 311 Read/Write API will bring 311 into the 21st Century.

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Improved public safety data (NYPD / FDNY)

NYPD

+ Release all data as machine readable and via an update API

+ Detailed Crash (motor vehicle, bike, and pedestrian) Data

+ 911 location and types of calls

+ Precinct Locations and Chain of Command Structure (where permissible)

 

FDNY

+ Fire Hydrant data so we can build adopt-a-hydrant (See Boston)

+ 911 location and types of calls (see seattle)

+ 911 response times (see L.A.)

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Open FOIL

Create and maintain an OpenFOIL tool (aka more than a FOIL tracker) that provides metric, assists in the opening up of FOILed items.

 

* FOIL is NY's Freedom of Information Law. This is one of the most progressive Freedom of Information Laws in the nation.

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Yelp.gov - the 21st Century Greenbook & agency accountability

After years of not being printed, the NYC Greenbook was finally digitized. As the 20th Century's gold standard for Government transparency, this tool needs to be updated. < http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/html/about/greenbook.shtml > For the 21 Century, we imagine a Yelp.gov like service that is a dashboard into our city. From Parks to Agencies with customer service tellers, this site will layout all of the Agency's contact ...more »

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Fully Searchable Machine Readable City Budget

Even with recent improvements by the Independent Budget Office, the New York City budget process still remains opaque as journalists and residents try to understand differences between the Mayor's budget, the City Council budget and the final budget. Details are often presented through press releases that discuss reductions, restorations and other often indecipherable budget lingo. A “User Friendly” budget would list ...more »

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Preserve Net Neutrality by Any Internet Vendors in NYC

While we build a Universal Internet in New York City, it is also important for elected officials to keep in mind that giving everyone access to the Internet doesn’t matter without “net neutrality,” which protects a person's rights to send and receive any information without limitation, and would prohibit Internet Service Providers, like telephone companies, from telling consumers who they can call and what they can say. ...more »

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Metropolitan copper

Wherever telcos turn off copper wiring infrastructures, require that they turn those infrastructures over to the city.

 

Put the infrastructure to bid for providing low cost data services in disadvantaged areas.

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A Continuous Greenbelt

Accelerate the completion of a continuous greenway surrounding the island of Manhattan. Only a few of the 20+ miles remain to make it a continuous, accessible loop for walkers, riders, strollers and others who want to soak up some scenery. This includes greenway passage around the United Nations along the East River, and passage along the riverfront in north Harlem. A fun, livable city with places to run, bike, and play ...more »

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