Sunday, February 28, 2010 - By Ben Berkowitz - No comments
Saturday, February 27, 2010 - By Ben Berkowitz - No comments
I came into the office early this Saturday am to meet Lindsey Hoshaw (@garbagegirl) for a blog interview on SeeClickFix. She's the first journo to visit the office. She's a San Franciscan and was really impressed with New Haven. After dropping her off at the train station I had my hopes up to go pothole hunting in my effort to keep visitors like Lindsey impressed with the city. (Yes, I really do that and no I don't think visitors judge us on our potholes but the little stuff does add up.)
Pothole Spotting Attempt Number 1:
I rounded the first corner with brand new pothole in sight. As I was about to pull out the SeeClickFix app on my phone and report...the New Haven Public Works truck rounds the corner. Two guys jump out of the truck and patch the hole.
Pothole Spotting Attempt Number 2:
I drive on and come to the corner of College and Elm Street, park the car and mobilize for high-tech smart phone pothole reporting. (This is the first pothole season for the SeeClickFix iPhone app so I needed to test if its up for the challenge.)
As I'm getting ready to report I see Michael Jones, Newly appointed Ward 1 Alderman and newly appointed SeeClickFix Watcher. He is a would be recipient of the report I'm about to make.
I talk to the alder on the side of the road. 30 seconds in he starts to smile and says "looks like you're too late." I turn around and my pothole is literally being filled as we speak. I ask the guys if they're going to get to my potholes on Mechanic Street, "There on the list." Mike asks about the really bad one on High Street, "Filled 5 minutes ago"
I'm now back in the office retired to writing blog posts about people filling potholes as opposed to reporting them. Here's to Good Government beating good government gadgets to the punch.
Keep up the good work NHV Public Works!
Thursday, February 25, 2010 - By zak - No comments
Yale Sophomore Brian Tang has worked his way to the top of New Haven's SeeClickFixing order. He's earned 8685 civic points, commented 405 times, reported on 85 issues, and closed 26 issues (as of 11 AM on Feb 25).
But he's not stopping there. Just this week he launched a SeeClickFix oriented column on Scene, the Yale Daily News blog. Tang will use the column to document "some of the most egregious nuisances he's noticed around Yale's campus."
His first post takes on a chronic puddle on a main Yale thoroughfare, that has indubitably "soaked the socks of many a Yalie as they waited for the light to change" (see video above)
Tang's column urges his readers to support the issue on SeeClickFix after reading the article.
We look forward to reading Tang's future installments. We've already appreciated his SCF posts, which often go beyond a simple report of an issue to advocate for better public transportation, keep citizens apprised of the city's latest plans, or show-off some cool multi-media.
Check out the 3D animation he made to encourage the city to create a cycling track on a downtown New Haven street.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010 - By zak - No comments
Tucson residents have already used it to report 83 repair requests. According to an article in the Arizona Daily Star, the service "is proving so popular that city work crews are devoting two days a week - Mondays and Fridays - to patching potholes reported in this manner."
The affection on behalf of the city workers makes sense. SCF is an inexpensive method for cash strapped road-repair offices to target the largest and most hazardous potholes first.
While the honeymoon period is not yet over, SCF hopes that the relationship with Tucson will grow and mature into something wonderful.
- By zak - No comments
Minnesota Public Radio became one of the first radio stations to partner with SeeClickFix after debuting this stylish map widget on their site yesterday.
According to an MPR news article explaining the new tool:
"As we've noted recently, the pothole problem is one of the worst we've seen in Minnesota in many years. Part of it is because of the weather, part of it is because cash-strapped cities patched roads last year that otherwise might've been resurfaced. Whatever the reason, driving in the state right now is something only a front-end realignment shop could love."
From Jersey to Minnesota, this pothole season is taking no prisoners. Luckily SCF is around to help out.
Monday, February 22, 2010 - By zak - No comments
You'll recognize his comments by his trademark sign-off– "Mayor Jim"
Thursday, February 18, 2010 - By Andrew - No comments
...berry.com, that is. The Blackberry addicts over at Crackberry.com got their fix off of the SeeClickFix Plus app today. Check out the post they put up on the homepage this afternoon, along with this beautiful screenshot:
Next time you're walking down the street, don't be surprised to catch someone whipping out their phone to report an issue. Little brother just got a few thousand more eyes.
- By zak - No comments
Just today they wrote a great article about how SCF is helping overwhelmed and overworked local Public Works departments efficiently target pressing issues.
"I only have 16 people working it and there's 27,000 people here driving around," said Tom Walkup, Millville's public works director. "We're grateful for anything legitimate that's brought to our attention."
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - By zak - No comments
The B'more SeeClickFix community has been humming the past couple days with the addition of the Sun's new pothole tracking widget. Click here to check it out.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010 - By zak - No comments
Kudos to Charlotte, North Carolina's Channel 3 News. The station not only posted our map widget to their website, but added a soon-to-be-regular "See Click Fix" segment to its 6 o' clock news lineup. News Anchor Christine Nelson urged her viewers to report issues "big or small, whatever the case may be. We will step in and help get it fixed. All it takes is the click of a mouse."
From the click of a mouse....
...to the snap of a radar gun,
Nelson might just be the next SeeClickFix superstar.
After reading an SCF report about chronic speeding in a residential neighborhood, she took to the Charlotte streets to investigate herself. Armed with a radar gun, she caught cars doing 40 in a 25 MPH zone. Then she paid a visit to local police to discuss fixing the problem.
Thanks again, Charlotte. We look forward to seeing what other SCF stories Nelson will launch into TV stardom.
Saturday, February 13, 2010 - By Andrew - No comments
Friday, February 12, 2010 - By Andrew - No comments
After weeks of lively debate and a total of 11 hours of public testimony, designs for the Yale School of Management’s new campus have made it to the next step of the approval process. The Board of Aldermen is expected to make a decision on March 1 about whether the plans can move forward.
Like all city projects, the building process included a mandatory 120 days of public commentary, and both Yale and the Board of Aldermen have made an effort to take public opinion into account throughout the design process.
Even before the first public hearing, Yale asked the firm Foster + Partners to redesign the campus in response to a petition signed by twenty residents of the neighborhood surrounding the development site. The petition expressed concerns that new structures would abut residential buildings too closely and that the contemporary glass-and-steel-aesthetic would negatively affect the neighborhood’s look and feel.
In addition to the redesign requested by Yale, the Board of Aldermen added three amendments of their own to the proposal, including one which would require that a campus walkway be open to the public.
Despite the numerous modifications, supporters of the project remain concerned that opposition from a small number of residents would ultimately lead to a compromised final product that none of the parties involved would really be satisfied with.
Where does SeeClickFix fit into this picture? Opponents of the project have been active and vocal, whereas supporters in the community—who are probably more numerous—have been much less well-organized. However, two days before the second public hearing was scheduled to take place, Ben posted it as an issue on SeeClickFix and asked members of the community to express their support. By the time of the hearing, more than 130 people had responded to his call and registered their opinion that the project should move forward.
The ticket remains open for comment and the number of supporters continues to grow. On March 1st the Board of Aldermen will look to the ticket as a show of public support, but in the meantime it will continue to foster the debate and keep citizens engaged. We're glad that to see that SeeClickFix has been so successful in bringing public debate out of city hall and into the cloud, where anyone can plug in and be heard at any time.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 - By zak - No comments
definition of geo·dy·nam·ic: Characterized by constant change, activity, or progress depending on and specific to the place or geographic location.
Sounds great, doesn't it?
Available for Blackberry, iPhone, and Android, our geodynamic apps will look and behave differently depending on where a smart phone user happens to be. If you open the app in Manor, Texas, for example, it will appear tricked out in Manor's custom logo, colors, and menus.
This is a useful shortcut for local governments, who otherwise would have to shell out the cash to develop and maintain their own smart phones apps. Big cities, like Boston and Pittsburgh who've already developed custom apps, can afford this, but many smaller municipalities simply don't have the resources. That's why smaller towns like Hillsborough, CA and Bainbridge Island, WA have been among our first customers.
SeeClickFix understands that different cities have different needs when channeling service requests. To best serve these differencies, our customizable dashboard enables cities to:
1) modify our apps acoording to sevice request type (pot hole repairs, grafitti removal, fallen trees, etc.) and channel (311, Public Works, Parks Department, etc.)
2) update the status of service requests
3) ask users for more information
Our smart phone apps have the potential to bring the accessibility and convenience of a custom app to every municipality in the world. Make your town next.
- By zak - No comments
Sure–Twitter and Facebook are great sites for social networking. But they lack the intimacy that comes with piling into a saloon and throwing back $2 dollar drinks with like-minded people.
So come to the first ever New Media Haven, a networking happy hour for "social media geeks," "creatives," and "techies," on Monday, February 15th from 6-8. It's at the Black Bear Saloon on 124 Temple Street, in downtown New Haven.
SeeClickFix CEO Ben Berkowitz is the featured guest and will be presenting on all the exciting things happening at SCF, including our new geodynamic smartphone apps.
Monday, February 8, 2010 - By zak - No comments
Today kicks off the SeeClickFix Challenge on the SmarterCities blog, "a collaborative intelligence project for building a planet of smarter cities."
For the next two weeks, SmarterCities is asking everyone in the SeeClickFix community to post their experiences using the site. Success stories, suggestions, frustrations, or points of clarification--the idea is to create a forum for our users to strenghthen networks within SCF communities and generate dialogue about the future needs of our users.
New Haven Independent Editor Paul Bass has already contributed. As has Dustin Haisler from the City of Manor, Texas, and two fixers in Germany!
Quick steps on how to submit:
- Visit the submissions page of the SmarterCities Tumblr Site.
- Scroll down to the bottom
- Post your SCF stories in the box that says "Post"
Saturday, February 6, 2010 - By zak - No comments
SeeClickFix has your back.
Check out the custom widget that Philly.com generated so that residents of the City of Brotherly Love can make sure their streets get plowed. SCF's Philly community has been buzzing all day, as fixers around the city continue to fill up their watch areas with locations in need of plowing.
SCF wishes the best of luck to all our users in Philly, as they brave their city's second biggest blizzard on record!
Friday, February 5, 2010 - By zak - 1 comment
The City Fix DC, a blog about sustainable transport in the DC area, posted a story today lauding SeeClickFix’s role in getting a pedestrian-unfriendly intersection repaired. Blogger Erica Schlaikjer cited the fix as another example of how SCF puts a “more responsive government… at your fingertips.”
SCF users described the intersection of U Street and Florida Avenue in the Adams Morgan neighborhood as “a serious safety hazard” and a “tragedy waiting to happen.” Representatives from the local city councilman’s office immediately responded, with information on a streetscape reconstruction project that was set to target this intersection.
Through continued dialogue, citizens were able to convince the DC Department of Transportation that this intersection deserved interim action. And just last week, the DDOT used SCF to publish a list of completed fixes, including new signs, road lines, and signal timings.
City Fix DC points out that that more repairs are still needed and will be handled by the long-term plan. However, the DDOT’s quick response to the unexpected problem shows the power of the SCF community to prompt action to issues that need to be addressed more rapidly than the timeframes set by long-term planning goals.
Check out other DC Success Stories Here.
- By Ben Berkowitz - 4 comments
Today we're happy to announce the "world's first" application for
reporting non-emergency issues on the android platform. You can
download the application from the android market under Applications >
Tools or by searching for "seeclickfix".
Our mobile engineers have been working hard testing the application on
a variety of android phones, including the Nexus One. Feel free to
send feedback or bug reports to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Instructions for downloading the iPhone, BlackBerry, or Android
applications are available at http://www.seeclickfix.com/apps along
with an introductory video.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010 - By Ben Berkowitz - No comments
Though NYC is not our home, it is our closest big city home so we felt really welcomed by the croud at NYC Tech Meet-Up last and Scott and Dawn.
A big thanks to Alain from the Latters who got us on the bill and Andrew Rasiej who asked the question of the moment, "What do we have to do to make this work in NYC?"
The answer - Ask NYC 311 to use it.
Also, a huge shout-out to our mystery NYC Public Servant (Civil Servant on SCF) who was thanked last night for fixing citizens issue reported on the site.
We'll follow-up more on the emerging NYC Masked Hero soon but that's just a teaser for now. (Gotham City needs you Civil Servant!)
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