– Bringing life to maps

This past weekend I had the opportunity to meet with a very interesting group of people involved in a unique project called My City Lives.

My City Lives is an online platform that allows people to share their experiences with the public spaces that make their city and people who live in them.  The interesting aspect of My City Lives is that these experiences are shared using only video.

The point, according to their website, is to allow these web stories to “live” on an interactive map showcasing the locations where they were filmed.  

Collectively, these stories are what define a city, but they are rarely connected with the sterile grids of modern cartography or even lively user generated review sites. Through the advents of modern media, My City Lives bring you an authentic view of your city that is powerful because it is personal—we animate the missing link between locations and the people. A city is not a collection of inanimate roads, expressways, trolley-tracks or buildings; that is infrastructure. A city is the combination of these objects with the people who build and live amongst them. At My City Lives, we combine the topographical precision of new-age mapping technology with the vibrancy and style of an independent film.

Lu Dacosta is one of the Story Catchers with My City Lives.  This is my conversation with her.


What do you think of My City Lives?  If you live in Toronto, or are visiting, visit My City Lives and check out the stories behind the map.  And maybe add a story or two…