Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

While we are on the topic of public information: web redesigns should increase access to information not reduce it

The redesign of the DC Government website sucks.

At least, it sucks if you want to find plans and studies and reports, or easy links to agencies from the homepage.

Before, such would be listed in a very retrievable link, mostly on the front page of the agency website.

Now you have to dig and dig.

If you can find it, the link is graphicized and it can take forever to find the report you want.

If you can't find it, you have to resort to looking up an archived version of the agency website at

How does this help the public?

How is this forward moving?

Why should this change be heralded if in fact it reduces access to important public information rather than improving access?

For planning, you can use the "in your neighborhood" tab to eventually find reports, although the old version of the website was much easier. I haven't figured out how to find Thrive or Trans-Formation yet, except through
For transportation, I have no idea how to find the reports (except through, although a couple weeks ago DDOT said that they would restore a link to these reports.

This is !@#$%^&*()_ frustrating.

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