Friday, October 6, 2006

Pothole city, 2006 edition

It's that time of year again for Londoners to show their recognition of the accomplishments of our municipal government and vote for London in the annual Ontario's Worst Roads survey. Last year London placed third behind Ottawa and Toronto, and currently ranks fourth this year behind Toronto, Ottawa and Hamilton… but with a burst of the superficial civic pride that local politicians are always trying to promote above genuine scrutiny of their actual competency, London can be Number One!

There's no shortage of inspiration. Check out these comments from Londoners who have already parked their votes:

"Considering we have some of the highest property tax rates in Ontario, you'd think the city's roads would be paved with gold. In fact, its the exact opposite. No wonder businesses and high-paying jobs are leaving town in droves."

"There seems to be a systemic problem indicating either indifference or incompetence at City Hall!"

"I doubt a road like this would be found by Anne Marie DeCicco's house. Seems to me that all the self-serving members on council only care about their own priorities such as raising taxes to fund pet projects with no return on investment."
Now there's civic responsibility. Remember, you can vote for "too many to mention" as well. Results will be forwarded by the Ontario Worst Roads survey to mayors for their staff to ignore after responding with a form thank-you letter.

In the meantime, listen to the dulcet tones of Frank Le Fou's baritone as he croons the months-old standard, "Pothole City."

[Many thanks to reader Jake Lachelli who notified the London Fog about this year's competition.]


Sky Captain said...

Well you know, I was all prepared to get in my car and drive West to London Ontario from Leeds England; bastards!
They haven't done anything about the huge,flooded pothole cutting me off from North America!
Except for some sort of half-hearted patch-they call that 'Ireland' or something, and it isn't even near enough effective to be taken seriously.

What do I have to do to get to the other side of town?

Anonymous said...


London is now in second place. 311 votes to 223 for Ottawa. Civic pride at its pinnacle.