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 - they are the symptom - of a broken system. Spending more and more on trying to cover the symptoms without addressing the root causes of the problem will continue to get us nowhere.
A city's values are rooted in its budget. If Winnipeg is truly committed to combating the potholes, we expect the four-year budget to:
increase transit funding and service
seriously address the climate crisis by prioritizing its climate strategy
make active transportation a real and viable choice for more Winnipegers, for more trips
implement sustainable land use decisions and policies
make decisions with true financial understanding of how a city operates
Most of all, 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 email@example.com