'Project Sidewalk' Uses Google Street View to Appraise Accessibility

By: Joey Haar - Dec 21, 2016
References: sidewalk.umiacs.umd.edu & nextcity.org
'Project Sidewalk' cleverly incorporates preexisting technology into its efforts to make cities more accessible for people with disabilities. The project is an online system that harnesses Google Street View to let any user virtually roam the streets and appraise their sidewalks to make sure they're up to code.

The Americans with Disabilities Act is a federal legal standard that governs and regulates qualities of public spaces in the US, including sidewalks. The unfortunate reality of a federal act that covers so much public space is that it is difficult to monitor, thus leaving many sidewalks below code. Project Sidewalk makes it easier for concerned citizens to make an impact on improving these public spaces by allowing them to conduct audits without ever leaving their homes.