Part of the challenge of implementing good urban planning and architecture in cities is understanding what people want, and CitySwipe is an app poised to make it easier for urban planners to put their finger to the pulse of the populace. Using the same interface that shot Tinder to fame, CitySwipe replaces pictures and descriptions of potential partners with questions and images that relate to city planning.
CitySwipe is a product from the city of Santa Monica, California. The app opens by asking for a user's zip code (no other identifying information is required) then proceeds to ask a series of questions. For the most part, those questions have yes or no answers, and the answers are always binary. Users can swipe either right or left in response to these questions, and Santa Monica will use the data it collects for urban planning.