App helps notify Scottsdale of neighborhood problems

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - Scottsdale is enlisting its residents' help in solving neighborhood problems like cracked sidewalks and graffiti with a new smartphone app.

The "myScottsdale" app is available for free on Android and Apple devices.

Users can upload pictures showing a problem, such as a broken street lamp or pothole, and use their device's GPS to pinpoint its exact location.

"The city has thousands of signs, lights, sidewalks, bus shelters, playground structures—things that break from time to time," said Dan Worth, Scottsdale's acting city manager, in a press release.

After reporting a problem, users can choose to receive an update when the city has corrected the issue.

The app was developed at minimal cost to the city, Worth said, and marks Scottsdale's first foray into the world of mobile applications.

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