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Case Studies & Applied Research


The Cellphone diaries project engaged African-American residents of historic South Park East Raleigh, North Carolina in the use of “smartphones” to document places that had meaning for them in Chavis Park. Chavis Park is the green heart of their community, and is undergoing rapid change. The project was a component of an effort by NC State University investigators to support a neighborhood revitalization framework organized around a community vision plan. Cellphone diaries attempted to 1) train residents in the use of “smartphone” digital videos for individual on-site asset mapping, and 2) compare the results of individual on-site “smartphone” based approaches to concurrent multi-disciplinary engagement efforts including individual off-site interviews and off-site community workshop approaches. Results reflected differences per engagement method in place descriptions, including place-based narratives prompted by on-site interaction through “smartphone” use.