In the 1960s and ’70s, when New York🏙 suffered from a sharp economic decline, buildings were abandoned or burned down, particularly in the city’s lower-income neighborhoods due to mass disinvestment. However, Hattie Carthan started grassroots efforts to change her environment. What started with four newly planted trees🌳 in her neighborhood turned into 1,500🌳🌳🌳. Along with that, another change-maker Liz Christy developed the “seed bomb”🌱 **to push garden efforts in the lower east side. Due to these radical farmers👩🏾‍🌾👩🏿‍🌾, New York has over 500 gardens today. **We cannot overlook their impact.

Today, due to continued redlining, redistricting, white flight, and a growing amount of city-goers, poorer areas of the city are still left with little funding for greenery. Not only will parts of the city suffer aesthetically, but they will suffer from worse air quality and CO2 emissions impeding health. Inspired by the pioneers of the past, our web app aims to push the efforts of seed bombing, a uniquely NYC effort.

What it does🌱

Our platform aims to educate, advocate, and involved users in the world of seed bombing.

Our home page pays homage to the pioneering radical seed bombers as well as gives a history of seed bombs in the US. The next page shows the users step by step how to make their own seed bomb. Next, our get involved page provides users with resources to learn more!! Lastly, our seed map page provides 2 maps. One map shows global resources where users can buy their own seed bombs. Our second map is a personalized map where users can pinpoint areas in their community they would like to deem "seed-bomb-worthy". The map also provides recommended areas in need of seed bombs based on redlining, gentrification, and white flight.

How we built it🌱

Our platform was made with

  • Figma
  • Replit
  • Javascript
  • CSS
  • HTML
  • Google Maps Javascript API
  • multiple GeoJSON datasets
  • and love👐❤️

Challenges we ran into🌱

WE ARE NEW TO APIS!!💔 Trying to import and manipulate the Javascript Google Maps API was a challenge. However, eventually, we were able to learn about the feature and add some interactive elements. Also, because our Google Maps is for "developmental use only"🙃 our GeoJSON data layer come with NO COLOR🥲. In the future, we hope that we can figure out how to get rid of this restriction.

Also there are very few GeoJSON datasets on seed bombing, which is expected for such a niche subject. BUT there are few GeoJSON datasets on pressing issues such as redlining, gentrification, and other issues. We found this shocking and hope that there is more representation in the future.

Accomplishments that we're proud of🌱

We are SO SO SO proud of our website as a whole🥳. We are proud of the design which is both minimal and sophisticated. The line art is amazing and the color palette too.

For the APIs, We are also proud of learning so much about the Google Maps Javascript API and interpreting GeoJSON datasets in such little time!! We are proud to make these features interactive and personal.

Everyone contributed so much💚

What we learned🌱

We learned a lot about NYC's hidden history of seed-bombing! We were surprised that these POC women did not have their spots in our history books. Their monumental efforts and impacts on NYC should be known and heard.

Technically, we learned so much about APIs and further our knowledge of web development!💻

What's next for radSeed🌱

We hope to make our Google Maps feature more functional. Allowing users to put custom icons and content with each of their posts. It would be amazing if users could fill out a form that can be submitted in a database which will then be displayed on the map. We also want to include more inclusive GeoJSON datasets that would represent more people and advocate for their needs. We would also like to host this website on a server such as netlify in the future so that our GeoJSON datasets can actually have color🌈. Overall, we are so proud of what we got done.❤️

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