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The Exhibit.

February 6, 2011

The Urban Design Department at the Lang School has this great exhibit hallway connecting the 12th and 13th Street Buildings. Victoria Marshall is the Director of the BS in Urban Design and a supporter of grassroots mapping, thus she coordinated collages highlighting The New School’s work in Union Square and Newark.

If you get the chance, you should check it out or check out a few more of the pictures on my Flickr.


The Use of Photoshop.

November 23, 2010

Photoshop work by Leif Percifield

To Note: The road near Raymond Blvd is a bit warped due to the photomerge tool in Photoshop and the way in which the pictures are taken. Once midterms are over, I need to go back and work on the stitching before geo-referencing the image for statistically significant results.

The Problem.

November 23, 2010

Photo taken by Liz Barry

I’m having difficulties editing my write-up of the November 13th Newark Launch because of the limitations of the first person narrative. While I took on the Project Manager role, so much of the day revolved around teamwork and active participation from each member, that I feel as though the “I” and “My” doesn’t accurately portray the work.

I also think that this “issue” is one of the reasons I’m so drawn to grassroots mapping. It allows for a hands on collaborative approach to understanding a specific geographic area. In order to create the aerial images of it takes a team dedicated to the task at hand. The process of grassroots mapping has a huge community development component beyond the creation of the geo-referenced images, and that can’t be neglected – even in a blog write up.

The Tool Kit.

November 15, 2010

Over the past couple of weeks I collected the materials I would need for the test launch of Newark’s Riverfront based on the Grassroots Mapping Guidelines. I was able to borrow the camera and buy the kite reel from Liz Barry. The mylar sleep sacks were purchased online while the rest of the items like the kite string, carabiners and tape came from the local hardware store in Hoboken, NJ.

All of the items were extremely easy to find and cost a little over $100. If I had to buy a new camera, that would have added to the total but I was lucky in that there was one purchased collectively by Liz’s Mapping Your City class.

The Hello.

November 14, 2010

In April 2010 I had my first “Urban Tour” of Newark, NJ’s riverfront with Brian McGrath. The goal was to better familiarize myself with the remediation processes of riverfront development in preparation for a summer research project in Buenos Aires. A week later I had the opportunity to participate in a “Toxic Tour” of the same area plus the more industrial areas with Ana Baptista of The Ironbound Community Corporation.

I became fascinated with the built environment and history of Newark’s relationship with the Passaic River. I began researching and listening and conversing with many different stakeholders ranging from the EPA to US Army Corp and NJ Transit to Local Residents. The more I learned, the more I realized the complex but interesting array of urban issues surrounding Newark’s riverfront. This led me to focus my advanced seminar/thesis project on mapping Newark’s riverfront development. While the theoretical framework is still a work in progress, I’m utilizing the grassroots mapping tools of Jeffrey Warren to facilitate my research.

I’m excited to move forward with this project and continue to learn about Newark through the lens’ of the many stakeholders invested in the riverfront.