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March 17, 2010

For $68 you can endow this pothole



According to a March 12, 2010 New York Times story, the German hamlet of Niederzimmern is so strapped for money that it has begun offering, in return for a mere $68 donation, to repair a pothole and then attach the donor's name to the newly filled hole.

Cheap at twice the price.

The bookofjoe Pothole in Niederzimmern.

Catchy, what?

According to the article, "The mayor, Christoph Schmidt-Rose, said the response has been encouraging. The idea, he said, is to make people 'feel like they own the pothole.'"

I've owned worse.

March 17, 2010 at 02:01 PM | Permalink


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Hey Joe,

A similar idea sprung out in the city of Kraków, where I live. Town hall representatives plan to set up a website with pothole location, before-after images and benefactor's name. "Renting" a one meter (in diameter) pothole will cost some USD 100 and will be rewarded with a special certificate.

As far as I know, there's not much interest. Pity, as there is around a thousand catalogued potholes until today. And counting.

Posted by: Tomasso | Mar 19, 2010 7:08:21 AM


"Nether" rooms? Below ground maybe? Bet there is an interesting story there...

Posted by: John A | Mar 18, 2010 10:57:53 PM

As long as we get to see the finished product, I'll donate a few $ to the cause.

bookofjoe For The Win!

Posted by: EEJ | Mar 17, 2010 2:42:00 PM

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