Direct action against potholes

What to do when there are potholes on your street and the city won't pave them fast enough?

Patch them yourself.

That's what a West Side organization did today. Residents from the Austin neighborhood bought four bags of Quikrete from Home Depot for $50 and used shovels, rakes and a roller to fill about seven holes on the 4800 block of West Van Buren Street.

"The city's not doing it so residents need to take the matter into their own hands," said Elce Redmond, organizer with the South Austin Coalition.

The group fronted the $50 for the bags of asphalt mix. Neighbor Ernest Roberts luckily had a 50 pound roller in his garage -- left behind by a previous owner.

Roberts complained about Mayor Daley's slow efforts in repairing potholes in the neighborhood.
"He's too slow to getting around to here," he said.

Chicago Department of Transportation spokesman Brian Steele said that the agency plans repairs based on the volume of 311 pothole complaints and the amount of traffic streets experience.

CDOT received just one call about potholes in the 4800 block of Van Buren in the last two months, he said. The agency has repaired about 300,000 potholes since Dec. 1 and hasn't received state funding for resurfacing since 2006, he said.
from the Trib


Anonymous said...

maintaining the metropolis is nothing to be proud of.

why not just let the asphalt crumble...

Criminal Anarchy said...

Why not? I don't know. How about going to the neighborhood and asking folks why they don't just put up with their shitty situation or move to the woods.

I'm sure every time they go to work or drive their kids around and hit one of those fucking potholes they think, "Another strike against industrial civilization."

honeycrisp said...

we should tally up the bill for what it would have cost the city and demand that they either reimburse or we'll take that much from them

that's my plan anyway