New York City is using the emptiness of its usually crowded city streets to test out car-free streets during the COVID-19 pandemic. As an alternative to pedestrians' overcrowded parks and to give restaurants more outside dining room, the City is banning cars in over 40 streets. If successful, this initiative could prove to be a permanent addition to local public spaces and an improvement to New York's streets.
The City of New York launched a new public health effort encouraging residents to report social distance violators during the COVID-19 pandemic. Residents can report any offending person or crowd by simply texting a photo to 311-692, the city's non-emergency number, along with location information. Repeat offenders are subject to arrest, summons, or fines reaching up to $1,000 by the NYPD.
The city's Board of Elections introduced electronic poll books as part of its first foray into early voting in 2019. Voters were also sent ID cards by mail that can be scanned by poll workers to retrieve details of their registration.
Philadelphia's Office of Innovation & Technology requested pilot-ready technology from private sector applicants. The successful applicant will receive up to $34,000 to evaluate local roads and provide prioritized recommendations for repairs. The AI-enabled software or system will also create a road signs inventory and a map of manholes and grates. Philadelphia previously used the Pitch & Pilot program to find smart solutions for water quality and waste management issues.
London Borough of Haringey developed the "Haringey Connected" mobile app to provide practical support and key information to new residents. The app was designed as part of the Council's Connected Communities programme to help migrants successfully integrate into Haringey. The app includes information in multiple languages on local services and resources, cultural tips for living in the UK, local news, event details, etc.