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Build It and They Will Come?


It's official.

The next installment of Departures will be built on a completely different model. It's going to open up and spill all its guts out, allowing people to search, comment, annotate and share.

I just got back from New York after two long days working with the team at Six Apart - makers of the Movable Type platform on which KCET Local is built, and the developers who will be working on Departures: Venice. I think we have come up with an strategy that will make Departures both a robust online destination and a thriving community.

Among other things, the new Departures will allow users to:

  • walk through their favorite neighborhood
  • add their own stories and photos
  • contribute to a collective narrative of the city
  • discuss videos with friends and families
  • learn how to produce their own walkthrough the 'hood in an educational "sandbox"

Am I excited? You bet. It was frustrating to produce almost six hours of content for Departures L.A. River and have all of it trapped in an elegant and beautiful - yet completely closed - Flash movie.


Community, aesthetics and pragmatism will coexist in our new Departures and you will be at the center of it.


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