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Appify: A City-by-City App Store

If you live in a city of reasonable size, there are probably developers who have already built mobile applications that make it easy and fun to interact with information about the place where you live. But how do you find them?

Community project DIY City has announced that it will relaunch next month as Appify.com, a directory of mobile applications organized by city. Transit info and public records like restaurant health inspections or construction permits are the low hanging fruit, but apps for finding broken parking meters and tracking local politicians have already been added to the directory.

I’m lucky, I live in Portland, Oregon. Portland’s transit authority has a well-stocked app store already and the city government has officially directed its agencies to open up their data to outside developers. You may have more local apps being developed in your city than you’re aware of, though.

I would love to be able to go to one web page to find new and popular locally-relevent mobile apps.

Appify says its site will let you find apps around you, vote on your favorites and request new types of apps you’d like to see developers build. If you’ve built an app that’s particularly associated with a location, you can submit it to Appify now in anticipation of next month’s launch.

See also: Discovering Great iPhone Apps: 5 Recommendation Services Compared and Appolicious Raises $2m For iPhone App Directory (our review)

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