New City of Asheville app will let residents take & upload pics of civic concerns

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Larry Halstead is a tech nerd with an affinity for arts & sports. Reppin' the hard streets of South Asheville for almost 15 years. He's made this city home and has vowed to never stop fighting to keep it as weird & unique as possible.

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CityofAvlThe CoA asks for help naming its new customer service app that lets residents report concerns–potholes, broken streetlights–“directly to the City of Asheville” by taking and uploading a pic with their smartphones.

If you spot it, we can fix it. That’s the idea behind a new mobile application in the works that will allow sidewalk sleuths to report problems they see directly to the City of Asheville over their smart phone. Imagine: you see a streetlight out or a problem pothole. You take a picture, send the location, and the city’s Public Works Department is on the way. We’re really excited about the possibility to link up with all the eyes on the street and we’re working hard to make the application both useful and user friendly.

The city has created a survey as part of helping name the new app.

We want your help in naming the application – giving it an identity and brand that will become part of Asheville’s vocabulary, so that when you see something that needs fixing, this app is the first thing that comes to mind.

Please give us a hand by taking this survey. It should take less than 5 minutes. We will announce the result as we unveil the new app. Look for updates soon!

Take the survey here. More about the app as it becomes available.

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Lurphy DePalma

Larry Halstead is a tech nerd with an affinity for arts & sports. Reppin' the hard streets of South Asheville for almost 15 years. He's made this city home and has vowed to never stop fighting to keep it as weird & unique as possible.

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15 Comments

  1. FDR January 14, 2013

    The ever growing Transient population in Asheville will keep revenue away. How? Because 50% of our tourist will have a run in with one of our enabled Transients and they won’t come back for a second visit. We need to take care of our legit homeless not Transient Moochers.So I say take pictures of all of them and send them to the city so they can be bagged, tagged and shipped off.

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  2. Drake January 13, 2013

    How about making a little fun?
    Tidy Up AVL or…
    AVL Honey Dew or maybe even sarcastic like…
    Asheville Epic Fail or…
    Epic fAVL

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  3. Lisa January 12, 2013

    i second the “fixAVL”! it should be short and easy, right to the point.

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  4. Tim January 12, 2013

    Click, fix, quick or You pick, We fix

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  5. Murphy January 12, 2013

    what about “FixAVL”

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  6. Kwi January 12, 2013

    Ask Ashville

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  7. MLK January 12, 2013

    Regarding Jeremiah’s concerns, the city is just looking to give this app a local name (it is a purchased app similar to SeeClickFix); it was not developed by city staff.

    Kudos for trying to get more of our citizens involved in finding/fixing problems around town.

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  8. Murphy January 12, 2013

    Will the public have access to the uploaded concerns …

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  9. FDR January 11, 2013

    My camera doesn’t have the memory to store all the photos of Transients walking around Asheville. Any ideas?

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    1. Murphy January 12, 2013

      stay home.

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      1. hauntedheadnc January 12, 2013

        Now you stop that, Murphy. Those people are weird and they smell and they basically just offend everyone by existing. FDR has every right to get the vapors whenever he or she sees someone who is not well-pressed and well-dressed and visibly prosperous.

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    2. yeppers January 12, 2013

      Screw off?

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  10. Laura January 11, 2013

    Is there an app currently called City of Asheville? If not, then why not that?

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  11. Jeremiah January 11, 2013

    Name? Here’s one – SeeClickFix, wait there’s a killer startup out there with that name already?

    Oh, well, how about Public Stuff? Oh, crap, there’s another killer startup out there with that name too?

    Geez, why in the world would they develop this themselves????????

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    1. Sean January 11, 2013

      Yeah, no point in reinventing the wheel.

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