Flowers vs. Potholes

Every morning I notice more and more plantings along I-94 as you enter the city. They look lovely right now in their new beds with fresh mulch but wonder how much it will cost to maintain. I also imagine that planting the flowers cost more than the option of laying down sod. I would rather see the money going into fixing enormous potholes to impress visitors. Superbowl attendees are probably not even going to see the flowers under the snow and certainly will not be spreading the word of the plantings if their cars disappear beneath the surface of Detroit.

4 Comments so far

  1. Doug (unregistered) on September 19th, 2005 @ 11:23 am

    Amen to that. I just hope Detroit uses the next 100 some odd days to take a bath, not just roll around in cheap perfume!

  2. MGal (unregistered) on September 19th, 2005 @ 12:00 pm

    Problem is much more expensive due to the type of road construction used in Metro Detroit. You can do pothole fixes here and there but the problem won’t be resolved. Almost impossible to stay on top of the potholes.

  3. Mollika* (unregistered) on September 19th, 2005 @ 12:48 pm

    What is the type of road construction used in Detroit that makes it more expensive to fix? A temporary pothole fix will do more good than a maintaining a flowering plant.

  4. Jeppy (unregistered) on September 19th, 2005 @ 8:39 pm

    How about putting hardy, fast growing plants IN the potholes! Then you could have urban beautification – and a solution. As to what type of plant to use which could withstand 25 ton trucks… some sort of rubber-tree/lichen hyrid? Joking of course. Perhaps thats what happened in Venice — they had such a severe pothole problem, that they just decided to flood the streets and use gondolas. Imagine Detroit as the American Venice, with streets of water…

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