How Our Map Supports Your Organizing
Here's what our map does to support your work, beneath the skin! If you want a quick tutorial about how to use it, check out this slideshow.
The map facilitates the creation of a community mailing list for each lot based on people's interests in engaging with others to start a project there. There are two ways a person can join such a mailing list:
- ONE: People can engage with lots by watching them. Those watching receive email notifications when other people start watching or organizing on this lot, or leave a note.
- TWO: People can engage by organizing. Organizers also receive email notifications when other people start watching or organizing on this lot, or leave a note. In addition, contact information for organizers is publicly available on the site.
The map also facilitates coordinated efforts to communicate with and lobby officials who have the power to grant access to vacant sites, in two distinct ways:
- ONE: For every lot, there is a place where anyone can leave notes that everyone can see about the lot, its history and their efforts to organize around it. These get sent to all the watchers and organizers.
- TWO: All watchers and organizers get regular emails reminding them who the decision-makers are, what their contact information is and sharing some tips for a phone call to them.
The map also serves to create a citywide network of organizers who are working to reclaim vacant land and can support one another. An administrator who is logged in can send a message to everyone in the network who is an organizer, regardless of where they are organizing.