Crowdsourcing for Transit-Oriented Planning Projects: A Case Study of "inTeractive Somerville".
Abstract: Since public participation was widely introduced into the planning
process by advocacy planners in the 1960s there have been innovations and improvements.
However, planners are continuously challenged with how to involve the public in the
planning process. Some challenges of public participation include the dynamics of
face-to-face politics, harnessing creative solutions and the one-... read moreway communication format.
Other participation challenges include citizens having the "power" to make actual
contributions to the plan. This thesis sought to explore the hypothesis that crowdsourcing
is an appropriate model for enabling public participation in public planning projects.
Through traditional and cutting-edge research methods, the findings of this case study
suggest that crowdsourcing public participation has the ability to facilitate the planning
process by generating more distinct ideas per participant than traditional participation
and involving individuals in the planning process that do not typically participate.
However, in the case study of inTeractive Somerville, crowdsourcing appears to be better
suited to facilitate public participation focused on creating better and more widely
accepted ideas and plans rather than public participation focused on upholding democratic
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2012.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.
Advisor: Justin Hollander.
Committee: Peter Levine.
Keywords: Urban planning, Information technology, and Transportation planning.read less