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What's the 311?

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By Chris Landers | Posted 7/1/2009

With all the bad news coming out of Detroit of late, it's good to see American cars leading the way in something. Unfortunately they're leading the numbers of abandoned-car calls to 311. Of the more than 56,000 such calls that came in to city call-center operators between September 2005 and May 2009, about 42,000 specified what kind of car they were calling to report. The results are charted above.

Disclaimer: What's the 311 is based on data from the Mayor's Office of Information Technology (This time ranging from September 2005 to May 2009). It has been folded, spindled, and mutilated along the way, and no attempt has been made to verify the accuracy of the calls. My car isn't abandoned. It just doesn't move much.

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