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From "A DEEPER LOOK AT INFRASTRUCTURE CHALLENGES"
The most recent issue of KPMG, LLP's Insight magazine addresses the complex and urgent challenges of infrastructure funding.
From "REPORT: LOCAL INNOVATION IS THE "NEW NORMAL" FOR U.S. INFRASTRUCTURE"
From "WHY WE NEED LEVEL PARKING SPACES"
Put yourself in a wheelchair to understand cross slope requirements.
To access ADA consultant Michele Ohmes' blog, click here.
From "CITIZENS ON PATROL"
Mobile apps help cities manage citizen reporting back at the office.
Baltimore 311 on Twitter
Check out some of the city's 16,000+ Tweets from concerned citizens.
Beauty in the blight: The accidental art of Baltimore 311 images
Steve Earley compiles especially compelling photos from public reports.
Citizens Connect in Boston
"Good night, sweet possum."
When a Boston citizen reported a possum in her trashcan and posted a photo via Citizens Connect, neighbor Susan Landibar saw the message and decided to respond. Before city workers even had a chance to follow up, Landibar had solved the problem and answered the original report. Will citizen response be an unexpected benefit of mobile reporting apps?
Video - Jennifer Pahlka: Coding a better government
Jennifer Pahlka, founder of Code for America, explains how mobile apps create powerful connection between citizens, their neighbors, and their governments. (Hear more about the Boston possum beginning at the 5:55 mark.)
More helpful apps for citizens
Boston BikeLane lets cyclists report cars parked in bike lanes.
AdoptaHydrant - Claim responsibility for shoveling out a fire hydrant after it snows.
American City and County - Counties use smart phone technology to keep residents informed.
From "FIVE REASONS TO DITCH YOUR BLACKBERRY"
The bells and whistles available on iPhone and Android devices can help you work faster and smarter.
Mobile apps for public works professionals, builders, and contractors
The following is a sampling of apps that can be accessed by using a variety of mobile devices (Android, iPhone, and BlackBerry, depending on the platform used by the manufacturer) and can offer features ranging from design visualization and installation how-tos to building regulations. So take a look at our collection. Chances are if you, your contractors, or your constituents have a problem, there's an app for it.
Asphalt Paving & Repair
From "THE ART OF PAVEMENT PRESERVATION"
- How to justify maintaining roads before they fall apart.
Read more about how communities are stretching their dollars - and the lifespan of their streets and highways - in “Pavement preservation stretches ailing road budgets,” Public Works Manual 2012.
Additonally: ISSA names 2012 President's Award Winner