Watch List

One of the better things I encountered in the Bay Area was a weekly feature in the San Francisco Chronicle called "Chronicle Watch": Readers submit information about broken or non-functioning public resources around the area. Not the huge stuff, but the small-scale, highly irritating little things. Big potholes, cracked pavement, broken facilities in public restrooms. The newspaper tracks down the responsible public official, publishes that person's contact information, extracts information about when the problem will be solved, and -- this is important -- publishes status updates. The series archive is here. The most recent installment appears here.

Something like this couldn't find a home here. Or could it?


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