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Baltimore 311 helps residents make their neighborhoods more beautiful by reporting local issues including potholes, graffiti, and streetlight outages. Residents can track the status of reports they or other members of the community have submitted.
What's New in Version 3.11.2011
* iOS 8 Support (higher res icons/images, updated code)
* iOS standard sharing for requests
* Updated New Report Photo display
* New Report Photo selection sets location from photo (if available)
* Use larger image for report list
* Upload larger image with report
* Stability improvements
* Networking enhancements
* Bug fixes
Good but can use some Enhancement
Overall the app is easy to use, however some enhancements I'd like to suggest:
-Ability to update a Request: Some times I will submit a request and then something happens where I need to add more info or cancel it. I do this now by submitting a new request, but I'm sure it would be easier for the city if I could simply update or cancel it.
-Respond to or Re-open a Request: In some cases, the city closes a Request as they may need more info, or they Close it without resolving the issue. Being able to re-open a Closed request would be helpful here.
-City Response Clarity: When the city closes a Request, often the status they provide is not readable. It looks like this app integrates to other city systems and simply receives this status info and shares it - but it's not easy to understand - for example, "FQ-BEGIN - Don't Know - FQ-END" - this is not very helpful for me.
-Other feedback that seems common among reviewers: Ability to manually enter an address (even if there needs to be a geofence to limit invalid or prank requests), Add the remaining 311 request types that are missing), Eliminate the need for constant location services.
The app is not integrated properly with the city's 311 service and the city's workers are not competent enough to figure out certain things. On numerous occasions, relating to various categories of complaints, I have reported a problem, seen the status move to CLOSED, even though the issue was clearly not resolved, called 311 and been told that I didn't report under the correct category. Most recently I reported that several commercial properties had failed to clear their public sidewalks of snow and ice. I submitted the report under the sub-header "snow/icy conditions" under the miscellaneous header. I was told that a plow had driven by and the roads were deemed to have been cleared. I didn't understand where the mixup had happened, considering. I was then told I had filed under the wrong category, even though no other category is fitting. I was then told the correct category number to file under. The operator seemed to not even know that a category number is not how the app works. She had no clue that the app is structured as headers and sub-headers. Smh.
Good idea with poor implementation
In theory this is an amazing idea! Put in your 311 requests on the go, sounds great! That's where it ends. I used to be adamant about using this to report parking violations, trash, weeds, etc... But the problem comes with Baltimore City. 9 times out of ten your ticket is closed with nothing being done. On countless occasions tickets were closed about parking complaints, where I had attached a photo of the car, saying car gone upon arrival. I could then peak out my window and still see the car sitting their plain as day. I finally deduced that they do nothing about parking violations unless they are randomly spot checking and I just gave up. This app could be useful if Baltimore city would get their act together.
- Category: Utilities
- Updated: Dec 22, 2014
- Version: 3.11.2011
- Size: 5.0 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Connected Bits
- © Connected Bits LLC
Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.