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Oh, the wonders of technology. Now, you can turn into a civic do-gooder right from your smartphone.

Today, the City of Seattle announced a new mobile app called “Find It, Fix It” for iPhone and Android — sorry, Windows Phone fans — that allows citizens to report everything from abandoned vehicles to potholes to graffiti. You can even tattle on your neighbors for blocking your driveway.

finditThe app allows users to snap photos of the offense, and submit them anonymously if they so choose.

“When you’re out in your neighborhood and see a pothole, graffiti, or something else you think the City should know about, Find It, Fix It gives you an easy way to notify us so we can fix it,” said Mayor Mike McGinn in announcing the new app.

You can also report the vandalism the old-fashioned way by calling 206-684-2489 but that way you can’t submit a photo.

Submissions are entered into the City’s Constituent Relationship Management system, and departments responsible for providing that specific service will manage and track requests. The city said there could be delays in handling requests based on new submissions that come in via the app.

Comments

  • Stephan
  • Forrest Corbett

    “Fix it” or just “cover it up”? The potholes, for example, are part of a bigger issue. Simply filling them over and over doesn’t fix the issue. Take the stretch of NE Ravenna Blvd by Green Lake. For years they filled the potholes. Sometimes the job only lasted days before the hole was back again. They recently repaved the whole thing. The root issue is bad drainage, and normally repaving would last 7-8 years. However, they didn’t fix the drainage and SDOT’s estimates for how long the new pavement would last is 2 years.

  • Eric LeVine

    Band-aid or not, it’s cool that they are opening a modern “pipe” to get real information from the field!

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