Popularise is the online platform that shares the power to build new places in your neighborhood with local residents like you
How often have you thought, "Why doesn't someone turn that vacant building down the street into a bakery, bar, or restaurant?" Now you have the ability to be directly involved in transforming your neighborhood, rather than waiting for someone else to do it.
By joining other people in your area on Popularise, you can create the kind of cool, authentic places you want in your neighborhood. Submit your own ideas, and vote for what to build on projects posted by real estate developers and local business operators.
A better way to build neighborhoods...
The people in the community are ultimately the customers. They reflect true demand. Who knows better what a neighborhood needs than its residents?
Who we are...
As native Washingtonians, we have watched the city grow and change over the years.
Our combined experience in real estate development, finance, and technology has given us a unique lens through which to view these changes. Over time we have seen new neighborhoods emerge-and all too often the result is big shiny glass buildings that don't reflect the desires of the community. Or worse...empty storefronts and deserted sidewalks.
After years of frustration, watching the current broken model continue to fail, we decided to do something about it.
And the answer was simple: Put the power back in the hands of the people who care.
Imagine if you could have the power to shape how your city grows.
As new neighborhoods emerge and old neighborhoods change, what if the people who live and spend time there could be the ones to create the places they want?
It may sound nothing like the way things are done now.
Then again, if the founder of Wikipedia had told print publishers in 1990 that he was going to get 100,000 people to write the biggest encyclopedia in the world...for free...they'd have thought he was crazy too.
We believe local communities know what they want. All they need is a positive and constructive way to contribute. So we created Popularise.
Together, we will build a better city!