Tuesday, February 23, 2010

PDX: App City?

Been noticing something in your neighborhood deserving of the City’s attention, that pothole that still hasn’t been fixed or the streetlight that’s gone out? Well, if you are an iPhone user (or know someone who is), this just might be your lucky day. In an effort to increase the City of Portland’s interactions with its citizens, and hopefully expedite the City of Portland’s awareness and resolution of various issues, a new iPhone application has been developed. The City of Portland Citizen Reports can be downloaded for free by a quick trip to the “App Store” (also available for download from iTunes).

Using the new iPhone App, you can select the type of issue to report, take a photo (or upload one from your camera roll), and even give the City the location of the issue using your phone’s GPS or interactive map capabilities. You submit this information along with any comments you have and it is reported to the appropriate bureau for resolution. The application keeps a history of issues you have submitted so that you can check the status or resolution of the issue.

For more detailed instructions, visit the City’s website: http://www.portlandonline.com/bts/index.cfm?c=51917

I have not yet personally attempted to report an issue, but I hope those of you that do will use the comments section to let us know how it works!

Perhaps now we can truly say “there’s an app for everything!”

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