Residents of Detroit now have a new tool – ‘blexting’ – at their fingertips to help them clean up the city. The Motor City Mapping app allows them to text photos of blighted properties to a city-wide database, which will also store other critical information about each property (its foreclosure status, whether or not it’s vacant, etc.). In this recent article, Governing magazine describes this joint problem-solving effort of residents and the city government:
The technology in effect launches an interactive conversation between city officials and citizens over the condition of neighborhoods down to individual houses and vacant lots.
“This is pretty awesome, because for the first time the residents of the city and the city itself are going to be using the same set of tools to solve these problems. We really are one community, one city trying to fight blight using these tools,” said Sean Jackson, an executive associate with Rock Ventures who is working on the database.