The City of Chicago recently launched Open311, an evolution of the phone-based 311 systems that many cities in North America offer, designed to transform the way Chicagoans handle everything from pothole reports to garbage can requests. The new form of technology, funded by the MacArthur-supported Smart Chicago Collaborative, will allow Chicagoans to submit and track the progress of their 311 requests online and via mobile devices. The initiative is part of the Smart Chicago Collaborative’s efforts to use technology to improve lives in Chicago.
Community & Economic Development
MacArthur has a longstanding commitment to the vitality of Chicago’s neighborhoods and the city and region as a whole. The Foundation supports neighborhood revitalization, prevention of youth violence, and the use of information technology to enhance governance, the social sector, and quality of life. MacArthur is also exploring new ways to understand the challenges faced by cities around the world, and how to plan, manage, and govern to address them.