Textizen - Roosevelt Boulevard question
The City of Philadelphia and Code for America have begun a pilot of Textizen (Textizen | Citizen feedback for the digital age, by Code for America), a new system for gathering community feedback to shape the city’s ongoing Comprehensive Plan, Philadelphia2035. This summer, residents and commuters in Philadelphia’s Center City and Lower Northeast will encounter posters that have been posted throughout the neighborhoods--bus and transit shelters, recreation centers, and other public places--that pose questions about the city’s transportation, recreation, and quality of life. Passers-by respond to the questions via text message to a phone number displayed on each poster.
The poster below has been placed at bus shelters and in buses that serve the Lower Northeast. To learn more about Philadelphia2035 and the Lower Northeast District Plan please visit our website:Philadelphia2035 & please Text us your response!
Helpful. How many people that will see these (because they're taking public transportation) do you expect to reply "No"?
Originally Posted by PHILA2035
Here's a suggestion for the next question "Would you like a $100 bill?"
Nothing wrong with creating a feedback mechanism, but make the questions meaningful.
One of the main purposes of the Textizen project is to raise awareness and involvement in planning, particularly Philadelphia2035 and the District Plans. While the answer may be obvious to the first question (of the 108 responses so far to the initial question 105 have said yes), the follow-up question has been less predictable. For the follow-up, "Would you be willing to transfer to the Broad Street Subway to complete your trip?", there are 75 yes responses, 31 no responses, and 2 did not respond at all. Also zip codes are asked for which help the Planning Commission gauge geographic interest/demand for transit and willingness to transfer.
In addition to the posters on buses and transit shelters, the Planning Commission has promoted texting for the Roosevelt Boulevard question though social media, our website (Philadelphia2035), email blasts (sign up at firstname.lastname@example.org), and our public meetings. We firmly believe that the more people involved in the conversation, the stronger our plans will be.
I don't know HOW anyone on a bus can see a poster when they're already texting their asses off.
Originally Posted by DavidT
Hey, here's a poster for Textizen to try out:
Will you finally abandon the city for the suburbs if they extend their noisy, overpriced, urine smelling rapid transit line up the Boulevard?
will the planning commission ever stop spending our money discussing an extension up the Blvd that might have been nice but that no one will pay for now?
will the planning commission ever realize that they would have to decimate the businesses on the Blvd and tie up traffic for a decade to put in a system that might be nice but that the planners keep linking to the Broad St line instead of the Market-Frankford line?
I don't understand why a subway under the Blvd. would be NEEDED? It would be faster for me to A- Take the 66 and the El or B- Take the R7 into town like I usually do. All that's going to do is bring more crime. It will also greatly increase pedestrian traffic on the Blvd. and we all know what a disaster that would be.
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