Phoenix is the first city in the county to provide a free application that allows residents with Droid phones to point, click and send photos of graffiti, over-height weeds, abandoned shopping carts and other blight violations to the city's Neighborhood Services Department.
"These applications allow us to provide Phoenix residents with convenient mobile options for reporting blight violations in the community," said Chris Hallett, acting Neighborhood Services Department director.
The city launched a similar app for the iPhone in June. The Droid and iPhone applications were created at no cost to the city by Graffiti Protective Coatings, a graffiti cleanup company that serves government agencies in Arizona.
Once installed, users simply open the application, follow the prompts to take a picture of the violation and then tap "Submit." Using built-in global positioning system technology, the application will attach a location to the picture and send the complaint to the Neighborhood Services Department. Residents can also choose an option to receive updates on the status of their request.
Residents may continue to report blight to Neighborhood Services by calling (602) 262-7844 or sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.