In 2014, several New Orleans neighborhoods (excluding Mid-City) were ruthlessly judged. Now, another map is crowdsourcing responses about the city.
This past July, Developer Pieter Levels created a mini startup called Hoodmaps, which seeks public input in describing different parts of cities around the world. So far, over 300,000 people have contributed, Levels says in a public blog post.
The developer created this startup development in hopes of being a useful guide to tourist around the world.
“The problem is that every time I travel to a new place it’s hard to figure out which parts of the city to go,” Levels wrote. “I very often end up in the tourist center. I’m originally from Amsterdam and I know 90% of tourists will never get any idea about the ‘real’ Amsterdam because they just stay in the tourist center.”
Hoodmaps has six different categories for describing section of cities: Hipsters, rich, tourist, suits, uni, and normies—attempting to condense an entire population into six digestible groups of people.
So far, New Orleans has 54 participants and counting. The web application allows users to paint areas in one of six categories. While features are constantly expanding, Contributors can now mark rent and home prices, and nearby cafes.
For starters, parts of Mid-City, Bayou St. John, Treme, 7th Ward, Marigny, and Bywater have been colored under “hipster.” Parts of Uptown, East and West Riverside, Audubon, Garden District, and Broadmoor are categorized as rich (and tagged as old money.)
Tourist, according to contributors, are often huddled by the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, French Quarter closer to Canal Street, and the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
Check out the map below to see how the people of the internet rated the rest of New Orleans.