Greater City Providence

Potholes? There’s an app for that

Well, there is in Boston anyway.

Boston’s Citizens Connect iPhone App utilizes the iPhone’s camera and GPS to allow city residents and visitors to report on issues around the city. The app helps people report things like graffiti, potholes, broken traffic lights and signs, and other items.

The city will be assessing the efficacy of the iPhone app, and plans to release apps for other platforms if it proves worthwhile. For those without an iPhone, the city has an extensive list of items residents can provide feedback on and ask for service on at the Citizens Connect page.

Meanwhile, in Providence we have the Office of Neighborhood Services page*. I’m sure some members of the knowledge economy could get together with some people in City Hall and create a system that blows Boston’s out of the water. I don’t know what ever became of the Qalert system.


* Was the city’s website just relaunched like an hour ago? It looks hot!

Jef Nickerson

Jef is Greater City Providence's co-founder, editor, and publisher. He grew up on Cape Cod and lived in Boston; Portland, Maine; and New York before settling in Providence. In addition to urbanism, Jef is interested in art, design, and ice cream. Please feel free to contact Jef if you have any question or comments about Greater City Providence.

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