311 Street Improvement Photo Project Needs Your Help

Stay Free’s Carrie McLaren and Steve Lambert have started a crowdsourced photo project for New Yorkers to submit photos of 311 conditions in their hoods.

They’re asking people to take picture of unsafe conditions in New York, like busted fire hydrants, man-eating potholes, and other defective municipal infrastructure, and submit it to their Flickr pool. These will eventually get incorporated in a new site, peoples311.com .

The project is meant to augment, and provide a bottom-up version of, a new plan by Mayor Bloomberg to send so-called Street Conditions Observation Unit (SCOUT) units around town to report on quality-of-life conditions.

“Seems like something citizens could help with…” writes Carrie.

311 street photo project could use your help [Stay Free! Daily]


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  1. JuliusJefferson says:

    It’s really not the city itself but rather things like these that make me wish I lived in NYC.

  2. m.ravian says:

    i would love it if they did this in Philadelphia. except instead of potholes and fire hydrants, they could take pictures of whole blocks…

    …and then give to Mayor Street, who would ignore it.

  3. RandomHookup says:

    I could send the Mayor pix of busted up stuff in his hometown of Medford, Mass.

  4. Hoss says:

    Whats 311?

  5. FLConsumer says:

    Does this apply to MTA-owned property? So many of the stations have absolutely NO maintenance whatsoever. I swear the hippies in Washington Sq Park wash more frequently than the MTA cleans their stations.

  6. CapitalC says:

    Wow – that’s a great use of technology and PEOPLE who are willing to help to get sh!t done! :)

  7. erica.blog says:

    Picture of a man-eating pothole?


  8. Charles Star says:

    @Hossofcourse: 311 is New York City’s non-emergency complaint / city service information line.