iPhone app helps fight blight in San Jose


On Saturday, city councilman Pete Constant held a "Download Day" to debut a new app that allows people to snap pictures of blight like graffiti and potholes, and register their complaints with the city.

The app is called "San Jose 3-1-1."

Users just have to take a picture then type in a little information and the city will route the complaint to the correct department.

"The other important thing is we gather the GPS information so we know exactly where it's at," explained Constant. "If you report something on Winchester Boulevard, that's a long street, but we'll know within 10 feet of where you are reporting and that's really important."

The app is the first of its kind in the Bay Area according to the company that developed it. It could be implemented in other cities if it takes off.

It is free and accessible at Apple's iTunes store.

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