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Pinpointing a city’s next street project

Have you ever hit a pothole so big you felt like the front axle was going to snap in half?  Throughout the winter, fluctuating temperatures and weather conditions wreak havoc on municipal roads, leaving some communities looking more like war zones than neighborhoods.

With /potholes you can share photos of roads in need of repair and crowd-source thoughts on which routes need fixing the most.  With this road data aggregated in one place, municipalities can simply look through and gauge citizens’ sentiment for a given neighborhood and use it to inform their maintenance schedule.  As projects progress, local governments can update residents on timelines for completion and useful advice on alternate routes.  /potholes is a small step towards transparency and cooperation between municipalities and the people they serve.

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