The MySociety gang have been at it again; their latest elegant contrivance is a neat little mashup called ‘Neighbourhood Fix-It‘. Whack in a postcode, drag the map around, and click to add a report of something amiss in your local area – graffiti, broken paving slabs, dead streetlights, that sort of thing. The site then scurries off and messages the appropriate bit of local government for you. And, of course, allows you to look at other local issues flagged by other users, with per-problem RSS feeds and so on. I’m hoping there’s a back-end for councils to track problems in their areas, but even if there isn’t they could presumably build that relatively straightforwardly.
In my few minutes’ playing, the only thing I dislike is the apparent inability to zoom the map. Otherwise, this is a classic MySociety project – deceptively simple, approachable, and positively reeking of ‘how things should be done.’ I think I’m most impressed that they continue to dream this stuff up. While the site is apparently ‘obvious,’ there’s nothing obvious about imagining it.