City launches mobile app to help connect with neighborhoods

myPhillyRising Credit: Philadelphia.
myPhillyRising Credit: Philadelphia.

The City of Philadelphia introduced a mobile phone app to help residents connect with their neighborhoods.

The app, myPhillyRising, shares upcoming events and other local resources hopefully to push residents to become more involved in their communities.

“The myPhillyRising app is the latest tool in the city’s efforts to engage residents in improving their neighborhoods,” said managing director Richard Negrin in a news release. “It helps residents connect with neighbors and resources in their neighborhood, including those that can help close the digital divide. If you need help from the city, use Philly311, but if you want to help and get involved, use myPhillyRising.”

The app serves the following neighborhoods: Elmwood, Frankford, Haddington, Hartranft, Kensington, Kingsessing, Lawncrest, Market East, North Central, Penrose, Point Breeze, Southeast, St. Hugh’s, Strawberry Mansion, Swampoodle and Allegheny West.

Information will be uploaded to the app by PhillyRising staff, but individuals can also share information through the app, according to the news release.

The app will feature upcoming community meetings and cleanups; information about community resources; locations of neighborhood facilities such as libraries and corner stores; success stories in neighborhoods; and an open discussion forum for each neighborhood.

The app is available on iPhone, Android and Blackberry devices as well as desktop computers, laptops and tablets, according to the news release.

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