coUrbanize in the News
June 11, 2019
The community meeting is intended to be the ultimate democratic process. By giving every community member the opportunity to show up and make their voices heard, public meetings should lead to beneficial outcomes.
May 12, 2019
A look at hundreds of startups rebuilding affordable housing from the ground up
May 10, 2019
If a property owner or developer defines “tenant experience” by what makes leasing office visitors drool, they’re starting too late, thinking too small, and leaving money on the table. The most successful owner-developers take a more expansive view of customer experience, considering not just future tenants, but the surrounding community as a whole.
March 21, 2019
Massachusetts Housing Partnership’s Susan Connelly, MPZ Development’s Mathieu Zahler and coUrbanize’s Karin Brandt spoke with Multi-Housing News about how online outreach tools can spur civic engagement and address community issues.
February 11, 2019
DC-area developer Buchanan Partners is planning to transform 145 undeveloped acres in Woodbridge, Virginia into a walkable mixed-use development. In the Washington Business Journal, they share how coUrbanize has given them insight into key priorities for the community.
January 15, 2019
In this article, coUrbanize CEO Karin Brandt and Capital One Community Finance Senior Vice President Laura Bailey share their perspectives on strategies that can build a critical mass of community support for affordable housing.
December 18, 2018
The companies behind the development of the 5.9-acre South San Francisco PUC site into housing and mixed-use are seeking to involve the community early on. Avant Group Inc. and KASA Partners are working with Boston-based coUrbanize, a company that supports community outreach about a project while helping to collect feedback.
December 18, 2018
To get a sense of how Detroiters think about sustainability in their city, you can start with this map. Location-based comments left by residents point out what they like — native plants sprouted in empty lots, proximity to transit and access to parks — and what they don’t, which ranges from lack of bike lanes to vacant properties.
December 18, 2018
New Hampshire Public Radio shares insights from the City of Nashua, New Hampshire’s Resilient Nashua Summit. The summit is part of the Resilient Nashua Initiative, which is collecting input from coUrbanize to map risks and resources throughout the city.
December 13, 2018
In a roundtable hosted by the Boston Globe’s Scott Kirsner, coUrbanize CEO Karin Brandt shares her thoughts on tech industry trends for the coming year – and the bright side of Boston losing out on Amazon HQ2.
December 11, 2018
Thanks to coUrbanize’s dramatic growth in 2018 and the company’s work with JBG Smith in Crystal City, Virginia, future site of Amazon’s HQ2, BostInno selected coUrbanize as one of the 19 startups to watch in the coming year.
December 6, 2018
Detroit may be behind on rolling out a full sustainability action agenda, but the city is agile and catching up fast with a new set of digital tools to foster engagement among the community. To get input from Detroiters, they’re using a set of digital tools from coUrbanize.
November 19, 2018
Boston may not have been selected as a site of Amazon’s second headquarters, but this Boston-area startup is playing a key role in shaping the future of Crystal City, one of the two locations for HQ2. coUrbanize is working with developer JBG Smith, which owns most of the real estate in Crystal City, Virginia, to collect community input that will shape Arlington’s HQ2.
coUrbanize founder & CEO Karin Brandt named to Real Estate Forum’s 50 Under 40 in Commercial Real Estate
October 30, 2018
The editors of Real Estate Forum have selected coUrbanize Founder & CEO Karin Brandt as one of this year’s 50 Under 40 honorees.
Chosen from a pool of nearly 400 highly qualified nominations, the rising stars who made the short list are already establishing their presence in the industry. Under Brandt’s leadership, coUrbanize has become one of the leading online community engagement platforms for real estate for such firms as Boston Properties, WinnCompanies, Brookfield and many others.
October 18, 2018
When JBG Smith Properties began planning Crystal City’s Central District, the developer wanted feedback from a broad segment of the community on the multifaceted project — not just the typical handful of citizens who have the time to testify at public hearings.
JBG Smith Executive Vice President Andrew Van Horn said the company found a fix: Boston-based coUrbanize, whose technology platform allows developers to gather feedback from community members via text, social media and comments posted in online forums.
September 27, 2018
Affordable housing developers are facing greater constraints, both financially and from NIMBYs, and at the same time the need for affordable housing is increasing. In this Q&A, GlobeSt.com spoke with Karin Brandt, coUrbanize founder & CEO, and Laura Bailey, head of community finance and community affairs at Capital One Bank about how developers can do a better job of bringing the community in to conversations affecting their neighborhoods.
June 14, 2018
The Sustainability Action Agenda is Detroit’s first effort to carve out city and community actions aimed at protecting public health, providing jobs and addressing climate impacts and green infrastructure.
The city will be conducting surveys, hosting town halls and engaging in community outreach through 14 district ambassadors to gather input from at least 7,000 Detroiters, officials said.
‘People Need To Feel That Their Feedback Has Been Heard, That People Are Very Responsive To Their Contributions, That It Matters. That’s Ultimately What It’s About.’
April 26, 2018
Karin Brandt, the founder and CEO of coUrbanize, spoke with Jennifer Bradley of the Aspen Institute for the Center for Urban Innovation’s series of conversations with inclusive innovation practitioners.
February 15, 2018
coUrbanize opens up public comment to everyone, not just the few people who are able to go to planning meetings.
In Seattle’s Central District, a plan for a massive new development with hundreds of apartments and a high-end grocer fell through in 2017, in part because of criticism about gentrification and displacement of the neighborhood’s shrinking black community. But in late January, a new developer easily got city approval for another design for the site with more affordable housing, a public square, and a portion of retail space dedicated to local businesses.
February 9, 2018
Boston has been Crane City for the last five years or more: construction everywhere you look, and detour signs, too.
Much less noticeable has been a boom in startups focused on buildings. Entrepreneurs are looking at a massive industry and seeing opportunity: Construction spending on private projects in the United States hit a record high of $1.25 trillion in December, according to the Commerce Department. And while that enormous number includes everything from architectural design to laying bricks, it doesn’t include the cost of renting out the space or managing it once the work is complete. That equals even more opportunity for entrepreneurs.
June 14, 2017
As cities make their data more transparent and accountable, this project in New York found one way to use technology to engage the residents in the planning process—by prompting locals to text in ideas.
“I’d like to buy culturally conscious books and cards that represent me,” writes one commenter. A few others keep their requests for Brownsville, Brooklyn, pretty simple—a Burger King or a Chase Bank would do.
These are comments left by residents of Brownsville in response to a prompt to tell city officials “what’s missing” in their neighborhood. The answers populated an online map, a tool used by New York’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) in a new planning project. Earlier this month, Mayor de Blasio and the HPD released the Brownsville Plan, an outcome of a year’s worth of planning by the community and municipality, which will create 2,500 new affordable homes and spruce up the neighborhood’s cultural and recreational facilities. According to the comments on the map, these are very welcome additions.
December 12, 2017
A new survey posted on MARTA’s dedicated transit-oriented development website, coUrbanize, offers Atlantans a potential glimpse at the future of acres of parking surrounding the East Lake MARTA Station.
And your input could help shape what actually happens there.