Fix Jones Street Page Takes Off on Facebook
Creator Seeks Repairs To Damaged Road
A torn up street downtown leads to a facebook page. Residents demand that crews repair Jones Street. Creators of the site: "Fix Jones Street" are hopeful if enough people "like" their page it might lead to action. Video by kmtv.comvideo
Omaha, NE - Along Jones Street in Downtown Omaha, you may have noticed the road is a little bumpy and a little rocky. Even worse, little pieces of the street seem to come right off.
"I'm disappointed," said Omaha visitor Eddie Huang. "It looks like a piece of bread somebody chewed up and spit out."
It's the driving force behind a Facebook page demanding something be done about it. It's called "Fix Jones Street" and it's creating plenty of buzz metrowide.
"From the narrative they say, the pictures on the page tell you there's a major problem," said social media expert Dr. Adam Tyma.
Tyma works as a communication professor at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He believes these kinds of pages are a great way to get the wheels turning to affect change.
"The blessing of that is you get the word out quickly," said Dr. Tyma.
"Facebook has continued to evolve," added Jeff Slobotski at the Big Omaha technology conference. "I don't think we've arrived at where it's going to end up at the end of the day."
At the conference, entreprenuers and other professionals in the field agree that tools like Facebook really can make a difference.
"It's a really easy way to kind of put something out there on Facebook and you can generally get to everybody and their mom that's using Facebook. You can say, hey, let's get behind this cause or this initiative," said Slobotski.
Fixing Jones Street, however, will take more than just Facebook 'likes.' It's going to take money as well. The City of Omaha told us Friday they know the street needs repairs and the project is on their list. All told, however, it's going to take around a million dollars to fix the two blocks.