Here is an interesting Web site – run by an insurance company – that was set up to let residents chronicle their potholes in Niagara Falls (if you live there and don’t have a pothole problem, you never leave your house).
The site encourages residents to post pics and stories, and it has links for claim forms against the city for damage done to cars from potholes and numbers to call to complain about the matter.
The site isn’t much (or anything really) at this point, but it’s a good idea to give people a common ground from which to launch their complaints. Not that fixing the potholes will solve the city’s woes, but as a city resident I don’t like the fact that the potholes have made Niagara Falls a punchline. The roads would probably be in better shape if they’d never paved over the brick roads of a century ago. They make residents regret choosing to live there (as if residents needed more reasons to resent the city).
Act. Speak out. Complain. At the very least, it will be therapeutic. And check out the site, because sharing the pain always helps.