makeloveland – in detroit
via their facebook page:
Jerry Paffendorf loves developing new ways for the super powers of the web to impact the realities of the world. The challenges of Detroit have become an endless inspiration. He has deep experience in the world of social technology startups, art and media, and a Masters of Science in Studies of the Future from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.
Mary Lorene Carter is a social entrepreneur living and working in Detroit. Mary has studied at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Wayne State University, and University of Michigan. Her current projects LOVELAND and the Imagination Station focus on social ownership & alternative fundraising.
Larry Sheradon is the web craftsman behind LOVELAND’s online presences. Before embarking on the LOVELAND micro-real estate adventure and beyond, he worked with data visualization, 3D game engines, GIS & urban data, virtual worlds, smartphone apps, and in the social/casual game world.
Alex Alsup spent time developing iPhone games in Philadelphia and Vietnam, where he set his sights on Detroit. He moved to the city to take a job as a project manager with the design firm o2 creative solutions. Alex joined LOVELAND to develop applications for their suite of tools. Alex holds a BFA in English from Skidmore College.
meet up with Alex – no?
detroit street mapping:
like myblocnyc and camra?
Two years ago, Mary Lorene Carter and Jerry Paffendorf were eating ramen and sweating the cost of drinks at PJs Lager House. They were getting by — and funding their company, Loveland Technologies LLC — on Kickstarter campaigns, the occasional microgrant and the generosity of a few small investors.
This year, they project revenue of $2.5 million. They’ve expanded Why Don’t We Own This? into New Orleans and New York, with Chicago in development. And they’ve developed a technology that is the backbone of a $1.5 million city effort to fight blight.
For the past nine weeks, 50 crews of two — one driver, one surveyor — have been spotted around the city armed with Google Nexus 7 tablets “blexting” every property within Detroit’s 139 square miles. From their cars, they point the tablet at the property, snap a photo and fill out a short questionnaire. Is the building vacant or inhabited? Is there a structure? Is the condition “good,” “fair,” “poor” or “recommend demolition”?
When the surveyors hit send, the information is beamed back to Mission Control at TechTown Detroit‘s New Center campus.
A property has just been blexted. “Blight” + “texting” = “blexting.”
This is Loveland’s technology. Co-founder Larry Sheradon and web developer Michael Evans built the back-end system and smartphone app that made it possible for the Detroit Blight Removal Task Force to map and catalogue 385,000 properties in less than nine weeks.
Price discovered Loveland Technologies last fall at a meeting of the Blight Removal Task Force, which she co-chairs. (Glenda Price, president of the Detroit Public Schools Foundation)
The task force was formed in September, when the Obama administration announced that it would target more than $300 million in grants and private-sector money to help Detroit. Half of that total was set aside for fighting blight, and a task force was created to develop a plan. Tapped to lead it were Price; Dan Gilbert, founder and chairman of Rock Ventures LLC; and Linda Smith, executive director of U-SNAP-BAC Inc., a nonprofit housing corporation.
“Detroit is on the cutting edge of these types of things,” Uhl said. “We have the problems here that are of a scale that don’t exist in other places. So it’s a great place to pair two great companies like this with some capital and get them solving.”
posted by Jerry on fb:
check out this snazzy new color-coded map of building ages in detroit. zoom in and click parcels for their exact age or click down to a neighborhood for a list of buildings built by year: