In Alderman Michele Smith’s e-newsletter today is a story about #TheChicagoWay, which is that special way of fixing the streets we embrace in Chicago, despite our apparent disgust for low-quality infrastructure.
“Sometimes we really have to persist to get something fixed.” Here’s the story:
A deep sinkhole had formed at approximately 444 W. Fullerton Parkway, creating a significant public safety concern for both pedestrians and motorists. But no city department would repair it until we determined which agency was responsible.
So we called upon each potential agency, leading to almost a dozen separate site visits by various inspectors between July and August. We finally discovered that this site had been an old Commonwealth Edison utility area. The abandoned vault had deteriorated, resulting in the sinkhole.
I am happy to report that Commonwealth Edison filled in the old vault and restored the street. Success!
I would definitely call a sinkhole fix that happens within three months a success.
How would it work for you and your job security if it took two months to find who’s responsible for a known bug?
Other ways to identify #TheChicagoWay:
- There is a cone or sawhorse-style barrier INSIDE of a hole. And then you’ll see that thing fall deeper into the hole and a new thing will be added.
- For bigger holes, there are “safety” barriers INSIDE the hole instead of AHEAD of the hole.
- How do you identify #TheChicagoWay in the context of streets?