City Piloting Anti-Graffiti Tech


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Anti-graffiti crew tracks their progress | City of Philadelphia

  • The City’s anti-graffiti team is piloting a smart phone app in order to streamline the reporting of the nearly 120,000 properties that the Community Life Improvement Program buffs each year. When the trial is complete in two months, officials will decide whether or not to integrate the app’s use among other departments. Philly sees this as yet another example of a City agency cutting paper and boosting data; “the city plans to give mobile devices to inspectors from the Department of Licenses & Inspections so they can issue violations in real time, instead of waiting to go back to the office to do so.”
  • The Philly History Blog reviews the work of John Moran, the “young Nature artist” credited for being among the first to showcase aesthetic sensibility within the realm of street and landscape photography. “At a time of great growth,” writes Ken Finkel, “massive industrialization and diminishing history [in Philadelphia], Moran relished the textures and sensibilities of the city’s oldest streets and alleys. Between 1867 and 1870, he and his 6-by-9-inch wet-plate camera and wooden tripod were picture-making fixtures. Again and again, Moran blocked out the modern and focused in on the past, offering it renewed life. The results were compelling.”
  • Generocity explains that the Mayor’s Office for Economic Empowerment and Opportunity is currently reviewing candidates to employ as an exclusive manager for the federally designated Promise Zone just north of University City. “The manager would coordinate the zone’s six subcommittees (education, public safety, housing, health and wellness, economic opportunity, and resident engagement), lead fundraising efforts, develop a communications plan, and…also coordinate the Promise Zone with other city programs, including BenePhilly Centers and Financial Empowerment Centers.”
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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