With both candidates for mayor pitching smart phone applications, it should be mentioned that there once was a Louisville iPhone app.

The “MyLouisville” application was not affiliated with Metro Government. It was programmed independently by developer Splaysoft and featured a map, social network, news feed and flag and fact display (pictured). Richard de los Santos with Splaysoft says the MyLouisville app was removed during a recent sweep of the App store, but will return as part of a multi-city app.

However, the application doesn’t do what the candidates say their official city app would do:

“If you can find a Starbucks with an app you should be able to find a pothole,” says Joe Burgan with Republican Hal Heiner’s campaign, which proposed a city application during the primary. (Read this PDF for more details)

“…people can snap pictures of neighborhood problems then e-mail them, with geocoding, to the city,” says Democratic candidate Greg Fischer‘s plan, which was unveiled this week.

What would you want a Metro Government application to do? Provide TARC information? Let you report crimes? Give news updates?

Of course, many citizens won’t be able to access a smart phone application, and many others won’t even be able to access the city website, so applications aren’t the centerpiece of any candidates’ platform.

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