No matter where you live, there’s probably at least one spot that you can think of where the roads are really bad. Sometimes the roads get fixed in a decent amount of time and other times you start wondering why the hell you’re even paying taxes anymore. What if there was a way to speed up the process…permission not required?
12-Year-Old Fills Potholes with Dirt
In March, a 12-year-old boy in Muskegon Heights, Michigan, got so fed up with the condition of the roads and how much the potholes were damaging people’s cars, that he took it upon himself to fix the problem. He went around his local neighborhood and took a barrel full of dirt from his backyard with him along with a shovel and began filling up potholes.
A local resident took a video of him working one day and it went viral on Facebook. Soon enough, he received a call from Governor Gretchen Whitmer, who promptly tweeted about how the government needs to take action to fix the roads.
Fixing the Roads Yourself
Portland Anarchist Road Care made headlines in 2017 after fixing a few of their city’s potholes with a shovel, tamping tool, and cold asphalt. “We aren’t asking permission, because these are our streets,” a group member told CityLab. “They belong to the people of Portland, and the people of Portland will fix them.”
Wanksy to the Rescue
An psuedononymous person in Manchester, England, has found a creative way to get potholes fixed. Penises.
According to the BBC, the pseudonymous figure who calls himself “Wanksy”, uses industrial chalk to draw penises around each pothole. They claim the eyesores speed up the filling process, but the town council says that they will not get filled any faster. The potholes are nonetheless getting filled:
Hot Tub Pothole
According to WJTV, a Jackson man named Daniel Trussel turned a massive pothole into a hot tub in hopes of attracting the attention of city leaders.
“These problems aren’t fixed right when they happen, and there’s always some kind of road damage going on, on our streets,” the Jackson native said.
“I posted this as one a good laugh and two to try to get things done because I think it’s going to require a lot of federal funding for this to be ever be fixed,” Trussel said.
In Lakeview, Louisiana, a group of 20 or so people gathered around a nasty pothole and protested the awful conditions of their roads. They banged pots and pans, chanted (“From Lakeview, to 9th Ward, we don’t want no potholes!”) and held up signs depicting some of the city’s more dreadful potholes, including sites in Uptown, the 7th Ward and Mid-City.
According to The Advocate, Maria Harmon, co-director of Step Up Louisiana, said the potholes and an associated jobs program would be a better use of city funding than the $40 million city security plan announced earlier in 2017. “We know that the money is there. It’s just how they allocate it,” she said.
Elaine Santor from Schenectady, NY, turned eyesore potholes in 2015 into tiny gardens.
“I like to be creative, was a designer for a time, and this was a creative outlet to draw attention to the situation,” she told the Times-Union.
Who Will Fix The Roads?
In order to get the government to do its supposed “job”, it is becoming clear that residents need to raise hell or do it themselves in order to see significant changes to their own community. Even companies like Pornhub and Dominos are getting in on the lack of proper government attention to roads. This just goes to say, “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.”Republish