The Center for Missed Connections (CMC) is a project I started in 2009 to study loneliness in American cities. Basically, I gather content from Missed Connections posts and map them out, identify demographics, and observe behavior patterns to learn about the people writing missed connections, who they’re trying to find, and what people do all day in a given city.
The project is based in New York City because, well, there’s such a huge breadth of data. I hope to initiate pilot programs in other cities, eventually.
For the next 5 months I’ll be working intensively on CMC research and public programming, thanks in part to a workspace grant provided by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. This is just a blog for general updates and notes about the project.