Thursday, May 28, 2009
Where for art thou, Janette?
From the Staten Island Advance:
Staten Islanders have taken to spelling the word "pothole" with the letter D: Disgraceful, disgusting, deplorable and, lately, downright dangerous.
Ten-year-old Gina Blazewicz of Great Kills was hospitalized for two days with a concussion last month after she tripped in a pothole on Linton Place while playing basketball. She fell backward and hit her head, said her father, Rich, and was spitting up blood after the fall.
And this is just one of the pothole complaints flowing steadily into the Advance since the newspaper started the campaign for smoother roads.
Stacey Hotinski's son also took a tumble after tripping on loose asphalt on Levit Avenue in Graniteville, where new pedestrian ramps were installed over a year ago, but the pavement was left to crumble.
Sal Conti of Eltingville said he's never seen roads so bad in all his 37 years on Staten Island. Neither has his mother-in-law, a former Islander who came for a visit recently from her home in New Jersey, and asked if bombs had been dropped on Staten Island after seeing the poor condition of the streets here.
Look, fixing potholes is hard work and not sexy. How would you folks like a bike lane instead?