Both here and on our inCommon blog, we’ve highlighted a number of ways that the city of Philadelphia has sought to encourage greater citizen engagement, face-to-face and online. This month the City Planning Commission is piloting a project called Textizen, developed by Code for America 2012:
The new tool allows citizens to use text messaging to offer civic feedback for specific city projects and initiatives. For the pilot project, the PCPC will be posting advertisements throughout Center City and the lower Northeast asking survey questions about the city and urging citizens to use the app to respond. The feedback will inform the city’s ongoing comprehensive plan, Philadelphia2035, according to the press release.
You can read more here.