By Ted Slowik
One Naperville resident got the attention of city officials when he made a video of his situation and posted it on YouTube. Could it work for you?
Eli Hodapp--an occasional Potluck commenter--may not have the most popular message, but you've got to admit he's hit upon an innovative method. When the downtown resident wanted the city to do something about noisy nightlife, he documented it, put it on the Internet and sent the link to city officials.
City officials responded by issuing six noise citations in the past two weeks, though they say they were in the process of stepping up enforcement anyway.
The point of this post isn't so much to debate whether it's loud downtown, but to consider the means by which Eli got the city's attention. Got a problem with crime or flooding or some other issue in your neighborhood? Forget contacting the police, public works or elected officials--put it on YouTube and notify the media.
Is this something you'd consider doing to get the city to take action?