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Report Phoenix Blight From Your Smart Phone

Hate all of the graffiti and fugitive shopping carts in town? There's an app for that.

In June, the City of Phoenix introduced an iPhone application for blight-loathing locals that want to report urban eyesores to the city's Neighborhood Services Department. Now, as of last week, Motorola Droid users can do the same.

According to the City of Phoenix's Public Information Office, "Phoenix is the first municipality in the nation to launch a free application that allows residents with Droid phones to point, click and send photos of graffiti, over-height weeds, abandoned shopping carts, and other blight violations to the city's Neighborhood Services Department.

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"Using built-in global positioning system technology, the application will attach a location to the picture and send the complaint to the Neighborhood Services Department. Residents also can choose an option to receive updates on the status of their request."

To date, there have been more than 400 downloads of the iPhone app. And, according to the city, Graffiti Protective Coatings created both applications that didn't cost the city a penny.

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Steve Jansen
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