There should be a free cake day every second Friday of the month. Too many bakers waste product that isn't consumed at the end of the day. Why not give it away to folks who live in Austin?
I like to eat cheese.
Start a fim festival
I would like to see a "vanishing deductible" applied to city utility services. The longer you pay into the services as a resident of Austin the less your energy rate would be. This would counteract gentrification, property taxes, and energy rate increases for the poor and elderly where the pennies on the dollar hit hardest. This could be offset by setting example for nation and allow persons to transfer their "credit... more »
Interactive map of pools and hours.
Interactive to allow for pool to get a possible "head count" and to allow kids to track the pools they visit over the summer.
Map kid oriented to allow for easy identification of pool type (wader, community oriented, diving boards, lap lanes, showers, natural vs cement, etc.
Parks have interactive map for tracking parks visited. Would allow kids to keep a comprehensive list and park officials to keep a head count of visitors. Could have easy to read symbols for park activities, hike/bike trail, pool, splash pads, creeks, fishing, bbq pits, sports fields and amenities, playgrounds, theatre and accessible parking and a notice pop up if parking costs are applicable due to special event or such.... more »
Volunteerism. It would be great to see more community oriented and sponsored volunteerism. Could allow for people and city wanting to get work with the city, to check each other out. As well as means for young people to check out different trades and get "work" experience. City could help offset volunteers transportation costs by providing season pool passes at city hourly wage commitment or wage equivalent in deduction... more »
People should be able to see their energy consumption graphed over time, e.g. month by month over a number of years. And also as compared to various other pieces of data: residential average, average for similarly sized houses. Also shown in conjunction to monthly deviation from the average temp for that month, for e.g. Things that could allow one to see how one's work to lower personal energy consumption is going (and... more »
A mass notification system - in the event of a power outage, storm, crisis, or other city wide event; a message could be sent out to all users via a number of different communication options that the user could select (SMS, Recorded call, E-Mail, maybe even Twitter) providing the users with a short description of the event and any special instructions/precautions that people should heed.
Rethink the list of links presently on the City of Austin website. Instead put the links into frequently asked questions and into search. Ie. How can I get involved in a van pool? or where can I find a cycling map of Austin? Add links to commutesolutions. http://www.commutesolutions.com/ for these questions. At present, there are no links. Commutesolutions has info on van pooling, car pooling, public transit, bicycle... more »
Traffic and accident data. There have been a few ideas related to traffic and graphical presentation. This is a comment on all of them. I believe the city's responsibility is to provide the raw information it has available from police and other sources. This information should be made available through an open API. It should be left to others to use that API to create maps showing alternate routes and other value-added... more »
We should be able to track crime statistics by neighborhood on a phone app.