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.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

National Geographic Geostories Platform and explaining zoning

One of the presentations at the National Bike Summit put on by the League of American Bicyclists was on a mapping initiative for trails involving both Rails to Trails Conservancy and their TrailLink project, and the International Mountain Biking Association, and a project they did in a National Forest in Southern California.

A presenter from the National Geographic Maps Division discussed their new Geostories method, which integrates video, images, sound, and other information in a multimedia-digital presentation format by embedding on maps what they call storypoints.

One of the projects they showed is the Envision the James River planning project in Greater Richmond. Other examples are available on this webpage.

I thought it would be interesting to apply the Geostory method to traditional zoning maps in a city, to explain the different zoning categories (residential, commercial, industrial, parkland, etc.), and neighborhood character areas.

(You could even present "pro" and "con" positions.)

Left: zoning map for Lititz Borough, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

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At 10:03 PM, Blogger IMGoph said...

Out of curiosity, who from NG Maps was giving that presentation?

At 6:38 AM, Blogger Richard Layman said...

Frank Biasi.


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