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Fido and dog’s best friend share the blame for this accident

Here’s a somewhat amusing story. In San Francisco a lamp post falls on a car while its driver waited for a green light at the intersection of SF’s Pine and Taylor streets. No one is injured. There is no wind, no sign of vandalism, and no earthquake behind the incident. Why did the lamp post fall? Corrosion brought on by urine. Yes, urine. Dog and possibly dog’s best friend’s urine rusted the base of the lamp post until the weight of a flag was enough to snap it at the base. Needless to say, the internet had a howl with the story.

The driver of the car, however, was “pissed.”

San Diego urine soaked lamp post
Picture from https://www.nbcsandiego.com

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Why bother getting potholes fixed? Because they can damage your car, but even worse, they can take a life

In an earlier piece about pothole damages and liability (yes, they can take a life) in which I hopefully gave you some good reasons why you need your city to fix those messy potholes, I skimmed over methods of actually how to report the annoying road hazards.

The fact is, the civic minded citizen is spoiled by an abundant choices of reporting tools. Cities and municipalities have phone lines, fax numbers, online services, and a small handful are creating apps or partnering with third parties to make apps. Not all these tools are easy to use or remember, though, and it’s not likely you have your city’s service request hotline in your address book.

Unfortunately, because reporting the existence of a pothole can be a pain, or just tedious, and since there’s no immediate benefit, we don’t do it. We should though because last year potholes caused over $6.4 billion in damages from causes large and small, and that doesn’t take into account bodily harm.

Man fixing pothole, U.S. Air Force Photo By/Josh Plueger [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
By U.S. Air Force Photo By/Josh Plueger [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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