Jan 8

Villager App: Reopening Greenwich Village

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The Big Idea

How can we leverage technology to help the Greenwich Village district increase traffic to local businesses and restore the community's vibrancy post-pandemic?

This project was part of a graduate course at Cornell Tech, INFO 5420 Urban Design Strategies. The goal of the course was for CS and Architecture students to work together with New York City's Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) to design a technology solution that would help bring back customers to local businesses and improve the vibrancy of the local neighborhood. Our team's client was the Village Alliance BID, which represents thousands of businesses and more than 40,000 residents in Greenwich Village, NYC.

Kaiyuan Deng (Cornell Tech), Sanket Shah (Cornell Tech), Dana Taub (Technion Institute), Leticia Mendes (Technion Institute)

I have put together a New York Times style story map that you can scroll through to understand and visualize the challenges faced by the Village Alliance, which you can access here ➡️