Henry Grabar is a staff writer for Slate’s Moneybox and a former fellow at CityLab. He lives in New York.
Behold the Stumblr.
The Internet has proven to be pretty effective at putting citizens in touch with their governments. Websites like SeeClickFix can aggregate complaints about everything from noisy bars to drug dealing, funneling important issues to representatives and officials.
Voice of San Diego, a non-profit news outfit, has begun using a more visual medium to make the point. Their Tumblr isn't devoted to memes or outsider art, but to photographs of cracked and broken sidewalks. It's called the Stumblr.
The idea is pretty simple. Users submit photos of sidewalks in need of repair. The Stumblr posts them, along with the block. And voila: a visual database of San Diego's worst sidewalks.
It may not inspire you, but hopefully it will inspire the people who fix sidewalks.
Top image: The Stumblr.