An online mapping tool to increase transparency and facilitate resident utility blight reporting and innovative solutions.
I was commissioned by the late Honorable Judge Raymond Pianka to incorporate existing and new photographic documentation of utility blight in and around the Near West Historical District (see map in the guide) to raise awareness of local utility blight.
'Blight' is organized by thumbnail standards of incidents of unsightliness and public hazard that may be detrimental to the health and wellbeing of near-west Cleveland, Ohio residents.
Going beyond simply accounting for utility infrastructure, the prototype grades a holistic view of the condition and state of relationship between utility poles, utility wires, and urban forest.
Further, the report proposes that increased complexity of tangled chaotic wiring and a haphazard appearance in nature, ultimately, has a deteriorating sensory affect on the health and wellbeing of residents.
Future project phases launch a web-supported social process to collaboratively scale public and government solutions to urban utility blight
The tool hosts a photographic library of over 1,000 photos by Alice Merkel of the prototype municipal district.