Monday, August 9, 2010

Would you like text messages on street sweeping?

I recieve an e-mail advertising Anti-Tow a service where you could recieve text notices on street sweeping. Currently it's only available in the 1st Ward, but who says they have to have all the fun. For example if you there is a page for the 1st Ward with a map of the available street sweeping areas.

You can check out the Anti-Tow website @, but you can also check out this post from the Parking Ticket Geek at his blog:
First ward Chicago alderman Proco Joe Moreno may have been in office only four months, but he’s already ahead of his aldermanic colleagues when it comes to technology.

Just a few days ago, Moreno’s office debuted a new text alert system to warn constituents when street cleaning is scheduled for their block, so they can remember to move their cars and avoid tickets.

Residents of the 1st Ward can use their cell phone to sign up for this free service by texting a specific code number that reflects their geographic position on a map. The night before and the morning before street sweepers hit your street, you’ll get a text message reminding you to move your car.

The idea came out of the frustration of the typical complaint of parking tickets for street cleaning that constantly flow into aldermanic ward offices all across the city.
Sounds good doesn't it?

That reminds me there was a comment in a post about a shooting near Harlan in 2009 about e-mail blasts with regards to criminal activities, especially any shooting that may occur in any given area. I hope that enough people will consider that necessary instead of knowing about potentially dangerous situations hours after the fact. Hopefully we can cut that down to minutes or seconds after the fact.

In light of this idea let's return to that idea. And you can request Anti-Tow services for the 6th Ward using this form @ And let them know that not only you want text messages for sweet sweeping, but for any other major situation that may develop in our neighborhoods.

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