Thursday, July 23, 2009

The City With Soul, Or The City With Holes?

This morning, my Miata hammered a pothole the size of a crater on Pearl Street.  As I wait at the car emergency room, I hope Mayor Johnson makes street repair a priority in his new administration.  It's tough to bring commerce downtown if the main entrance from I-55 is impassible.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Jim, I've got a 2008 Civic that squeaks like my '72 El Camino used to. Ridiculous. I once had a busted engine mount--never heard of such a thing, hardly.

The mechanic just shrugged and said "Jackson."

--David McCarty

Anonymous said...

It is the city with the cratering tax base. Sales tax diversions are down for the recently completed state fiscal year another -6.5%. When you are bleeding off population and small businsses as fast as Jackson is molehills become mountains in the blink of an eye.

Christopher said...

I've used this guy before. He does a good job.

http://www.awrswheelrepair.com/locator/results_details.php?id=105&dist=10.9287869003475

Christopher said...

click-friendly link

Jim Craig said...

I used Upton Tire Company; they've always been excellent and fair.

Jim Craig said...

I received a comment via email from a reader who wishes to be anonymous:

Mayor Johnson had a systematic plan for street repavement, not sure that that’s the same as street repair. He used a computer model to rate the condition of any particular street and the amount of traffic the street received to set the priority for repavement.

Kingfish said...

Serves you right for driving a pussy car.

Anonymous said...

Harvey Johnson's prioritization was never the issue and I'm sure he'll return to the approach since it was well thought out.

But, if you have only 15% of the money it takes to work the list on an annual basis then all the priority logic in the world still only gets you nowhere fast.

Anonymous said...

there's a lot of repair work starting on North State Street now. that makes me and my car happy. I'm assuming this has something to do with the new mayor. If so, thanks, Harvey.