At last: your complaints are invited. As part of its partnership with Code for America, The City of Philadelphia is launching Textizen, which we invite you to say five times fast. Despite its near-unpronounceability, Textizen is actually a pretty sweet outreach program; it’s designed to invite user feedback from residents and commuters in Center City and the Lower Northeast (wherever that is) via text. Brace yourselves, because posters asking questions about transportation, recreation and general quality of life (you know, the basics) will be plastered in every high-volume area in the city.
The nice thing about Textizen is that it enables a large portion of Philadelphians, otherwise too busy or lazy to attend a public forum, to contribute. If the pilot goes well–as it should, because who wouldn’t love the opportunity to gripe about Septa in a non-confrontational manner–it will become a permanent outreach tool to help with Philadelphia2035.
You can download the (free!) code for Textizen here, and if you see any exquisitely defaced posters (not that we encourage such activity), send them to tips[at]philebrity[dot]com.