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  1. Michelle Saltzer
    April 24, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    Ok a couple ideas so far:
    An Alley Map: I thought of this idea because Chicago is so well-known for it’s alleyways, and I just thought it would be a kind of different take on how people think about where things are located. My hang up with this idea is that, I don’t know if alleyways are really useful for people trying to get around. But, sometimes you can find cool stuff in alleys, like stuff people have thrown out, and that might be useful for people looking for second-hand items… but that led me to my next idea…
    A Dumpster Diving Map: this map would probably be made up of mostly alleyways, or the backs of stores, and other prime places to find other people’s “treasures”. This would be neighborhood-centric. I think there are some obvious problems with this: number one, who decides what’s “good junk” and plain ol’ junk; number two: even if I decided on a certain location as being “prime”, it might not be prime all the time… I just really like the idea of this, but at the same time I just don’t know if it’s really feasible.
    A map of foreign markets across the city: pretty self-explanatory, but I feel like yelp may do a pretty good job of this already…
    Dog Park Map: also pretty self-explanatory, and probably a little easier to do, especially if I focused on two or three neighborhoods?
    a map of cool shit on the southside: people are always telling me that unless they live on the southside of Chicago, they never go there and they never really have a good reason as to why not. I drove wayyy south the other day just to cruise around, and there’s tons of parks and cool neighborhoods and things to see. Obviously the southside of Chicago is already on many maps, but this could be sort of a daytrip guide?

    So, that’s what I got right now. I would love some feedback! 🙂

  2. sinker
    April 26, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    Certainly we can all help narrow on Wednesday, but right now I’d say this:

    The alley map seems a bit ambitious–there are miles and miles of alleyway in Chicago. How do you cover all of it? Seems virtually impossible. Additionally, there’s the question of to what purpose. A general map of alleys seems too broad and unfocused to really have a purpose. I’d narrow significantly if you go this route.

    The dumpster diving map is an interesting one. There’s a larger question of editorial guidance: Are you an expert dumpster diver? If not, you’ll need to figure out how to incorporate voices that are.

    Foreign markets… you mean groceries? Could be interesting, but yes: would have to be a pretty big value-add to Yelp. Probably incorporating Yelp reviews into some sort of market-specific framework is the right approach.

    The South Side one: it again comes down to editorial guidance… If you’ve only just “cruised around” on the far south side, you’re probably not an expert, and a map like this, you’d want to be expert-level. How do you accomplish that?

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