Wandrer started out of Concrete Jungle, an Atlanta non-profit that picks fruit from around the city and donates it to local homeless shelters and food banks. As part of Concrete Jungle, we spend a lot of time wandering the city in search of fruit trees.
Several years ago, Concrete Jungle had a project with the US Forest Service to document all fruit trees in the English Avenue, Vine City, West End, Castleberry Hill and Mechanicsville neighborhoods of Atlanta. The fruit trees in these neighborhoods ended up being the least interesting part: there were so many unfamiliar places, historic sites, abandoned houses, pleasant streets, and strange industrial zones that were way more interesting.
Atlanta, like many places, is a city of wonderful little neighborhoods. This means not only that there are many great places to live, but also that it's very easy to stay within your bubble.
Wandrer is meant to encourage you to take a small action against going where you'd normally go. There are many places out there worth seeing for their own sake. To find new parks, to see how your neighbors live, to eat at new restaurants, and to be some place new and unfamiliar in your own city.
Plus there's a map and a leaderboard.