A Chicago Man Tried To Fix The City’s Pot Hole Problem In The Most Chicago Way
Part of being a citizen in any society is participating in your community. This doesn’t mean you have to attend daily meetings or volunteer for the neighborhood watch, but isolating yourself entirely is never a smart option. Let’s say something goes wrong and you need someone in the local government to fix it? If you haven’t participated before, it’s hard to have your voice heard, especially when all the more active citizens are ahead of you in line with their concerns.
That being said, you can also be a model member of society, and governments big and small won’t hear your pleas because… well, that’s what governments do. They tend to ignore folks and do whatever they’re going to do, despite the wishes and demands of those that elected them into their jobs in the first place. It’s frustrating beyond imagination, and sometimes, the only thing to do when a problem arises is to fix it yourself.
When it comes to issues in your neighborhood, one of the most frequent and annoying problems that pop up are potholes.
It makes driving in your area a hassle, and not only are they annoying, but they can potentially be dangerous.
But good luck getting your local government to act quickly when it comes to fixing them. They always see them as a low priority, so you’re stuck swerving around them or damaging your vehicle. Is there a better option?
Pat Tomasulo is a Chicago resident. He also happens to have his own YouTube channel.
He noticed there were potholes in his area that needed tending to, but unsurprisingly, no one was patching them up at all.
So he decided to take matters into his own hands. He filled the holes with the most Chicago substance possible, giardiniera. It’s a squishy mix of pickled vegetables that are found on Italian beef sandwiches, immensely popular throughout his home city.
So what did his solution look like? Well, it looked exactly like this. Job well done?
He picked up a wheelbarrow full of the vegetable mix and plopped them into a pothole with a shovel. He even gave some to an amused fella on a scooter as a ride-by snack.
So, did his plan work? Not at all. Turns out a sandwich topping isn’t an appropriate substitute for concrete. But it did at least succeed in raising some awareness for the problem.
Tomasulo actually had a plan B for when his vegetable concoction inevitably failed. And the ‘B’ stood for “beef.”
He planned on trying to fill the pothole with beef, but ultimately (and also thankfully) decided against doing it.
He said, “I liked the idea of just buckets of wet Italian beef, but we didn’t want to be too wasteful.”
Ultimately, he and his crew cleaned up the condiment, and replaced the giardiniera with sand. That’s one way of dealing with potholes.
And here’s an entirely different method for dealing with damage to the road in your town.
If we learned anything from the previous story, it’s that it never hurts to draw attention to an issue to get those in charge to fix it.
However, leaders have a way of ignoring formal complaints and requests. To get their attention, you need to do something a little bit more visible that will make them act faster. This is the story of Wanksy.
As you can see from the pictures, Wanksy is a graffiti artist like Banksy, only… a little bit different.
This unknown hooligan (although many consider them a hero) is from Greater Manchester, England, and decided to act on the pothole problem in their area.
The way they did this is by drawing obscene things on and around the potholes. It seems childish, but it’s effective. Within 48 hours of laying down the drawings in washable paint, the potholes were repaired.
This anonymous artist, hero and paragon of virtue and morality explained their actions in an interview with the BBC.
“They [potholes] don’t get filled. They’ll be there for months. People will drive over the same pothole and forget about it.
Suddenly you draw something amusing around it, everyone sees it and it either gets reported or fixed,” Wanksy said. They believe that by doing this, they are getting the damage fixed quicker, and thus making the streets safer.
However, not everyone agrees with Wanksy’s methods. Namely, a spokesman for the council who has described his artwork as “obscene” and urges him to stop his painting.
“The actions of this individual are not only stupid but incredibly insulting to local residents.
Has this person, for just one second, considered how families with young children must feel when they are confronted with these obscene symbols as they walk to school?”
But Wanksy has thought of this, and fired right back at these criticisms.
Covering It Up
Not only is Wanksy saying their methods are effective, they pulled the ultimate troll and told the critics to grow up.
“It’s not an actual photograph of an anatomical part, it’s a drawing, it is artwork.
The naked body is a thing artists have painted for years. There are sculptures that don’t wear clothes. It’s artistic expressions. To be offended by that, you must be very prudish. And it does eventually wash off. It’s not graffiti spray paint.”
Other Forms Of Protest
The council concluded their thoughts on Wanksy by saying, “People are entitled to express their grievances to the council.
But offending the public and wasting their council tax is not the best way to resolve the situation.”
However, when those elected to lead don’t actually listen or effectively fix problems, sometimes the only way to get anything done is to get their attention. And the best way of doing that is through hilarious protest, as you can see in some of these signs.
Racial tensions are running high in America. Most of it stems from ignorance and lack of information.
Sadly, many politicians use this fear to keep themselves in power. So instead of squashing it, they stoke the flames and let it spread.
How can we get the word out? With humor! This person has the right idea. Let everyone know that there is nothing to fear… unless of course you’re married to them and forgot to take out the trash.
Dads are often given a bad reputation. Sure, there are terrible fathers who abandon their kids.
But there are also great dads who stick around. And what’s better than having a good dad? Well, having more than one dad!
Why would you fear that from anyone? Especially if your hero grew up with it? This sign is hilarious. But it’s also smart. Maybe we’d have an easier time learning if textbooks were funnier. Perhaps Wanksy should draw in those, too.
Worst. Government. Ever.
“Hello, fellow Senator. I sure do take our job seriously and hope the citizens are happy with the job we’re doing.
Hey… do you hear chanting? I think it’s coming from outside. Let’s take a peek out and see what all the commotion is about.
Oh no! Would you look at that? They apparently aren’t satisfied. They even used a reference from my all time favorite show to let me know. Message received loud and clear. Time to get back to work.”
Never Piss Off Grandma
Look, revolutions were sparked when the ruling class got greedy, and the lower class got fed up and fought back.
But even with this happening time and time again in history, those in charge seem to think it won’t happen to them.
The lower class doesn’t inspire terror. But you know what does? Grandparents. When they’re upset, you know you done messed up. Hopefully those who are upsetting her will beg forgiveness immediately before she unleashes her grandmotherly powers.
Honesty In Protesting
“What do we want? Robotic limbs to do heavy lifting for us so that we don’t have to do it for ourselves.
After all, it’s the future and the technology is available, so why should we have to go to the gym to improve our strength?
We can just replace our weak, fragile meat arms with powerful robot ones. Why hasn’t this happened yet… phew, that was a long chant. Glad we remembered all of it. Let’s start again. What do we want?”
What A Conundrum
Are you afraid of overpopulation? It’s an issue that not enough people are talking about.
We need to join together and talk about how much we hate large crowds. Although, we’re going to need to limit the size of our march.
After all, we’re gonna look like giant hypocrites if we talk about hating crowds and then showing up with a giant one. Hm… what’s the best solution here for crowd control? We’re not saying Thanos was right… but he had a point.
The Real Issue Of Our Day
Okay, we’ve seen heroes bravely standing up against matters of public safety such as potholes.
We’ve also seen citizens fighting back against bigotry and all manners of corruption and incompetence. Keep speaking truth to power, all you courageous troopers.
But this person may be the biggest hero of the bunch. They dare to say what no one else will. And they don’t just do it anonymously from behind a keyboard. They march on the streets. Keep up the good fight!
Give Us What We Want
After seeing Avengers Endgame it’s more clear now than ever that time travel needs to exist.
Then again, if we could time travel, it doesn’t matter when it’s the most clear, as time will be ours to command on a whim.
Hey, if the rules in the Marvel movie are the same as in real life, we can’t ruin our own timeline. We can only mess up alternate realities, and those aren’t ours to worry about, so just give us this technology now please!
Enough Is Enough
It’s important to not bottle up your feelings. That’s a recipe for having them bubble over at an unexpected and inconvenient time.
When you’re angry, you need to find constructive ways to let it out. This woman understands that.
Of course, there’s no reason to shout or get nasty. Hopefully those in charge will see how polite she’s being and realize that perhaps they are the bad guys and change course on their nefarious schemes. Then again, if they don’t…
There’s always giardiniera. If hilarious signs or drawings don’t get their attention, fill something up with a pickled vegetable condiment.
It’s great for potholes, but who knows what else it can fix? Maybe you can mail it to the IRS to fix the broken tax code?
Or perhaps you can somehow find a way to use it to protest gerrymandering and corporate cronyism. Whatever folks are doing now to stop it hasn’t been working, so this is at least worth a shot.