A bunch of us over here at EGD Headquarters geek-out in the space where grassroots community development, technology and mobile user experience design intersect.
We thought it would be fun to give a whirl at designing & developing our own iOS and Android apps for Edgewater. This site’s responsive template is pretty flexible for a variety of different screen sizes and mobile devices at the moment but still thought it would be fun to tinker, learn some new technologies and take it to the next level.
If you have an interest in civic apps built with open data (Open City Link) and have any local neighborhood app ideas… by all means, let’s collaborate.
We’ve got a few 1871 ideas brewing up beyond our EGD prototyping lab as well! 🙂
Drop us a line: firstname.lastname@example.org
Open Gov Hack Night
Hummers in the Hood
“No, we are not talking about the extra large-scale SUVs, but rather, the very small-scale hummingbirds that have been frequenting our garden. So small, we sometimes think they are dragonflies, and very quick, the ruby-throated hummingbird is sometimes hard to see, let alone get a decent photo of. They will be migrating south to Mexico soon to overwinter, but should be back next May. Attract the colorful males with hummingbird feeders or attract the less-flashy females with nectar-rich flowers and maybe she will decide to spend the summer and raise a family in your backyard. After hatching young the females will only eat from flowers (not feeders) so if you really want a show, consider doing both.
The hummers in our garden really show a preference for scarlet bee balm, but other flowers that should attract them include trumpet creeper and weigela. If any neighbors have additional recommendations for flowers to attract hummingbirds, by all means let us know!”
– Tara (Hood Avenue Neighbor)
Ever wonder what the backstory is behind our lovely neighborhood lighthouse?
“In 2010 The Edgewater Community Council (ECC) chose to celebrate it’s 50th anniversary with a ‘Lighting the Way’ Lighthouse Crawl. Businesses were asked to sponsor over 20 wooden lighthouses built by the Volini brothers Mike and Dave. The theme was symbolic of ECC’s lakefront location, warmth of home, safe harbor and its commitment to serve the people of Edgewater.
This fundraiser would help continue this mission while drawing attention to the many art and community activities in Edgewater. Because Darryl and I love this community we decided to sponsor a lighthouse and were 1 of two private homes that did so. Each sponsor was to decorate the lighthouse in a unique manner consistent with the mission and theme of ECC.
We immediately collaborated with Jeanne and John Riley, our resident Hood artists who designed, painted and developed the stained glass waves. The many colored glass pieces directly under the solar light represent the diversity in the community, the orange slivers the rising sun, the small glass pieces the night stars and the many hues of blue the lake front waters. At the bottom there are still some remnants of sand from the beach but most has washed away over the years.
Once all the lighthouses were complete there was a grand parade and viewing of them at Gethsemane. They also had sponsored 2 10 foot houses which lasted for about 2 years. Subsequently each business located their lighthouse outside of their business and a map was provided by ECC so folks could walk around and view them at their leisure. Because of the harsh winter we are beginning to see a decline in the wooden base and do not expect our dear lighthouse to last another. Jeanne and I are currently trying to think of a way to save the top portion and continue displaying our beloved lighthouse.”
– Patricia (Hood Avenue Neighbor)