Downtown Long Beach iPhone App Provides Guide to Restaurants, Attractions, City Services
2010-06-03 · By Editor
Downtown Long Beach is among the first urban communities in the U.S. to offer consumers, residents and visitors a free iPhone Application that connects users to dining, entertainment, business and transportation options , announced Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA) President and Chief Executive Officer, Kraig Kojian.
The Downtown Long Beach application, downloadable free from the App Store, is a comprehensive guide to Downtown, listing restaurants, hotels, entertainment amenities, upcoming events and other businesses in a format that allows the user to display information according to their individual filter settings. Listings can be viewed on a map with the ability to look up detailed directions or in a more specific format that includes contact information, website address and more.
Parking and transportation options are also featured, allowing consumers to find information about parking lots and structures nearest their location or destination. Meeting someone in Downtown and they’re not sure where to park? Simply tag the location where you parked and instantly share it with your friend electronically. Interactive route maps allow those on foot to identify the closest Long Beach Transit stops and Passport Shuttle routes to help them navigate the area.
“This is such an exciting and interactive way for the community to be engaged in what’s happening Downtown,” said DLBA Executive Committee Member and Marketing Chair, Richard Lewis. “It’s yet another resource that connects residents and visitors to the business community and puts Downtown Long Beach at the forefront of technology that has limitless potential for future development.”
Taking the application’s interactivity one step further, users are able to report incidents and/or property damage directly to the Downtown Clean and Safe Teams and can even include a photo in their message. Tips, questions and suggestions can also be sent directly to the DLBA at the touch of a button.
“I already downloaded it to my phone, and I suggest you do as well if you have an iPhone,” said First District Councilmember Robert Garcia in an email on Wednesday. “The DLBA is also in the process of developing the application for Blackberries and other Smartphones.”
The Downtown Long Beach iPhone Application was developed by local firm, Meta Flavor, which develops and produces interactive programs for mobile devices. The firm’s flagship development, Metaflavor.com, is a community powered dining application that lets users search and compare millions of restaurants and dishes, learns their unique tastes, and makes finding what they want simple.
“The partnership between Metaflavor and DLBA ensures that both residents and visitors alike will have an enjoyable Downtown experience,” said Meta Flavor founder, Ali Reza Kohani.
For more information about the Downtown Long Beach iPhone App, please visit www.downtownlongbeach.org or call (562) 436-4259.