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Microsoft's 'HereHere' project maps what's wrong with NYC neighborhoods

Emily Price
March 10, 2014
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It's no secret that New Yorkers love to complain -- the city's '311' non-emergency line serves as a hotbed for grievances on everything from burnt out streetlights to wildlife on the loose. Now thanks to a new project called HereHere from Microsoft's Future Social Experiences Lab (FUSE) you can keep up to date on your neighborhood's many complaints through curated notifications.

The initiative displays issues from 40 NYC neighborhoods in a cartoon map with icons representing the largest problems for each neighborhood. Residents can see what issues are affecting their area, as well as opt into an email newsletter detailing local problems. Neighborhood-specific Twitter accounts can also keep you in the loop. The goal of the project is to make the data more accessible to average citizens so they can help prevent issues and help solve those that already exist. At the very least, you'll know that everyone else in the 'hood is as pissed off as you are about those "incessant ice cream trucks."

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