A BRO reader/downtown worker has passed along a grievance that he feels should be addressed. He says that every time the Water Department digs something up, they tend to “leave a disaster or eyesore in their wake”. This time, the reader points to a fire hydrant malfunction that demanded the use of a backhoe to break apart the sidewalk. After the job was finished, instead of pouring the concrete back, workers haphazardly dumped asphalt in to ‘repair’ the damage. “The proper way would be to cut the concrete at the scores,” said the reader. “Instead, they fill the hole with asphalt instead of properly repairing with concrete. It’s everywhere! Making our beautiful city look like s#%t!”
In a perfect world, someone would come to make amends. In an even more perfect world, the job would have been done right the first time. In the imperfect world that we live in, this hatchet job will probably remain like this. As an example, look at the corner of Summer and Elmwood. At some point, someone (assuming Water Department because of the hydrant) dug up the hell strip along three entire properties. Then they covered it with asphalt. This incredible blunder was left like that over a decade ago. It’s ugly, it’s environmentally unfriendly (in many ways), and it’s also cheap and lazy. Every other corner is fine, except for this one.
There are many examples of this sort of apathetic attitude around the city, mostly coming from workers who have been given no directions to use best practice methods. It’s unfortunate, especially considering all of the work that the community is doing to beautify these same neighborhoods. Take, for example, the neighborhood block club that raised the funds for a beautiful new sign (one block from the corner of Summer and Elmwood). It’s frightening to think about the care that went into one corner, and the ineptitude that went into the other.