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I missed this posting on the CM’s blog from June 11 (June has been an awfully busy month for us), but the City launched its participation in a mobile app/Facebook app/website interface that allows citizens who see something, like dumped furniture or a pothole, or a dangerous sidewalk, and use their mobile smartphone to report it. That’s freaking awesome. I know I am not the only person addicted to her (beautiful shiny new Evo 4G LTE) smartphone. I take it with me on walks, often because I use apps along the way (like a walk/run tracker, and my streaming music) or so I don’t miss phone calls.
Super convenient. Already downloaded and ready to go. It works across all the common platforms (Android, Blackberry, and the dreaded evil iPhone). It includes the option to take a picture of the offending crack in the sidewalk as you report it, and you can put yourself on a “watch” list for your neighborhood (you know, if you’re one of those nosy neighbor types!) to get alerts for things reported in the area.
For this initial rollout, the City of Lowell is using SeeClickFix for issues and concerns that can be addressed by several departments. This includes issues with streets, lights, trash, drainage, debris collection, graffiti removal, fallen trees, illegal dumping and more.
The city is launching its fourth Neighborhood Impact Initiative, focusing on the West Acre and East Pawtucketville neighborhoods simultaneously. (A great idea!) These areas have “similar urban densities, a strong connection via the Textile Memorial Bridge and a growing university presence on both sides of the river,” so I applaud the city for thinking outside of neighborhood “boxes” to approach this latest neighborhood initiative holistically.
Details at the above link on the CM’s blog. Looking forward to seeing what comes of it.
For those who have benefited from the previous initiatives, what did you experience? I’d like to know what you think of this program now that we’ve seen a few years of it.
(Via Paul Marion on Facebook.)
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