San Francisco, a competitive news market that has been home to a number of pioneering media enterprises, has also led the way in one journalistic sub-genre: Nagging government over the pace of infrastructure repairs.
The now-defunct "Chronicle Watch" feature of the San Francisco Chronicle was perhaps the best-known example of this type of watch-dogging. Basically, a news publication spotlights various public-works projects -- potholes and the like -- recording their state of disrepair and who's responsible for fixing them, or leaving them unfixed.
The Richmond District now has its own localized version of this type of news service, a Facebook page called "Fix the Richmond."
It's unclear who launched the site today. The information section of the Facebook page simply states, "Please feel free to upload a photo or send us a message about any physical infrastructure problems in the Richmond and we will put the heat on City Hall to deliver the services need."
A website listed on the page, fixtherichmond.com, links to a blank page.
At any rate, the FB page already has two photo entries -- basketball hoops being fixed and an unclean sidewalk. We'll see what other public-works disasters spring up over time.
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