New Orleans has tried the city's two official "pothole killers,"
the Pimp My Pothole
program and stuffing potholes with Mardi Gras beads
. In England, an artist called Wanksy paints penises around potholes
in an effort to get local government to speed up the repair process.
Now Portland, Oregon is trying another method: Portland Anarchist Road Care
According to the group's Facebook page
and an article in the Portland Mercury
, self-described anarchists are fixing potholes on the Rose City's streets by themselves. The group's Facebook page lays out their mission:
Because society portrays anarchists as only breaking windows and blocking roads.
Because when faced with anarchism as a political theory, statest often ask "But who will fix the roads."
Because the city of Portland refuses to adequately repair roads in a timely manner.
We are Portland Anarchist Road Care. We believe in community oriented direct action. We believe the state cares more about funding a militarized police force to suppress free speech than caring for and repairing the roads.
If you don't have a friendly neighborhood anarchist — and if you don't mind waiting, you always can call the city's 311 help line to report a pothole. For more fun facts about New Orleans potholes, visit the city's pothole page