VIDEO Review: Find Urban Blight With Free ‘CitySourced’ App
Easily search and pinpoint civic issues with the free ‘CitySourced’ app. It’s especially useful for investigative and general assignment reporters and photographers doing stories on urban blight.
When it’s time to do a story on potholes, graffiti, or even broken parking meters, it seems those things are no where to be found. Instead of driving around aimlessly trying to figure out where you last saw that horrendous pothole, search ‘CitySourced’ instead.
The app is designed for citizens to report civic issues to City Hall by simply taking a picture of the offending item, categorizing the report, and including a short note about it. The app sends it along to the appropriate city department. Often times, it’s the city’s 311 service.
Journalists can use the app to search these reports via address or GPS location. Most reports include a picture, date created, location, and status update.
Here are some of the types of reports the app features:
- Abandoned (bicycle, shopping cart, vehicle)
- Animal Services (biting, deceased, pest control)
- Bulky item pick up
- Flooding in Street
- Graffiti Removal
- Homeless Encampment
- Illegal Dumping/Trash
- Building Code Enforcement
- Parking Illegally
- Parking Meter
- Overgrown or Dangerous Trees and Plants
- Broken or Cracking Sidewalks
- Street Lights
- Trash Removal
- Water Leak