City of LA Using SmartComment for Multi-Year Sidewalk Project

Software Maker to Help Gather, Organize Public Input for 'Safe Sidewalks LA'

Media Contact: Thomas Mullen
Phone: (310) 795-4196
E-mail: [email protected]

MARCH 9, 2017

LOS ANGELES - SmartComment has been retained by the City of Los Angeles to help city staff and consultants manage public input related to a $1.4 billion sidewalk repair project scheduled over the next ten years.

"Ensuring safe and accessible sidewalks is a critically important issue for any local government, but especially here in Los Angeles where every incentive needs to be taken to encourage people to get out of their cars and walk -- either to work or to public transit," said Tim Mullen, co-founder of Los Angeles-based SmartComment.

Recently approved by the L.A. City Council, "Safe Sidewalks LA" is a comprehensive effort to fix local sidewalks by offering maintenance rebates to property owners who make repairs on sidewalks crossing in front of their properties. Areas not addressed through this effort will then be targeted by city crews.

The Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering and its consultants at ICF will use SmartComment's platform to accept electronic comments from residents regarding the state of the city's sidewalks, including unsafe or impassable sections, instances where tree removal might be needed, and other areas of concern. Those comments can then be organized in SmartComment's app by topic, shown in charts and graphs, and even laid out on a city map to identify the locations most in need.

"We're proud to be part of any effort to improve pedestrian culture and safety in our hometown," Mullen said. "This effort dovetails perfectly with L.A. County's larger multi-modal transportation plan, and will help ensure mobility for all residents well into the future."

About SmartComment
SmartComment provides a powerful online platform that allows agencies and organizations to efficiently manage multiple public comment periods, as well as analyze and maintain the components of each one. Besides providing a website set up specifically for each project, SmartComment's powerful suite of tools allows clients to organize comments by topic, location, and other criteria, and to efficiently respond to them. SmartComment has brought increased accessibility and transparency to a number of high-profile projects, including the Nanushuk oil discovery in Alaska, the proposed Lucky Minerals mine in Montana, San Francisco's proposed rezoning of its historic Central SoMa neighborhood, and the proposed $5.4 billion extension of the 710 Freeway in Los Angeles.

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