Anatomy of a Pothole
Where do we go from here?
The worn adage that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results could find a no better example than Winnipeg’s potholes. Year over year, the City of Winnipeg dumps more and more money into road maintenance to no avail. Year over year, political leaders crow about a “record investment” into road maintenance. And year over year, potholes remain the bane of Winnipeg’s existence.
Our little dive into the perennial issue of potholes shows they are not the disease but rather the symptom of a broken system. Spending more and more on covering on trying to cover the symptoms without addressing the root causes of the problem will continue to get us nowhere.
We look to our next City Council to increase transit funding and service, to seriously address the climate crisis, to make active transportation a real and viable choice for more Winnipeggers, that implements sustainable land use decisions and policies, and make decisions with a true financial understanding of how a city operates. We expect a City Council that will stop throwing good money after bad.
The Transportation and Land Use Coalition brings together groups and individuals committed to working collaboratively for our shared vision, to increase the impact of each member group. While member organizations speak individually, we recognize we can have a greater collective impact through collaboration.
Vision of TLUC:
Winnipeg is a sustainable and healthy city based on integrated land use and transportation planning with informed community engagement and decision making, providing for safe, equitable mobility and livability.
Interested in learning more? Connect with Mel Marginet, TLUC Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org