Pleasing a Tough Crowd
No matter what the topic, many New Yorkers are not an easy to please bunch. The Daily Pothole website has not only raised awareness, but received a great response from the public. "The response has been overwhelmingly positive," says Lester Kenton. "First, the public is impressed that a city agency is even on Tumbler. And then they are surprised, in a good way, that we are creating such unexpected content." Take a look at just a few of the comments from followers:
Thecount: Another reason to love this city
Losbulio: Wow, what a clever idea. Go NYC!
Idlewild: I love this Tumblr and I don't even live in New York.
We love it too and can't think of a better way to get a community actually excited for road work. According to the site, they have resurfaced over 1.8 million square yards of pavement - that's 28 lane miles of asphalt - since July 1st. They're also setting a pace of repairing over 8,000 potholes a month with a total of 25,603 potholes having been repaired since the first of July. Wow! If you haven't already, be sure to check out the site at www.thedailypothole.tumblr.com and let them know what you think.
Construction work, especially road work, is one of the hardest jobs out there. The men and women work in extreme weather, under dangerous conditions and rarely get the recognition they so deserve for making our streets safe to drive on. This site is a great way to give a face and a personality to those workers out there who are trying to do their job, and do it well. Try to keep them in mind the next time you grumble about a delay because roads are being repaired.
"The Daily Pothole has been a great learning experience for us," Lester Kenton concludes. "It has proven that New Yorkers are genuinely interested in the work that we do, and that the public response really can be different based on how information is presented."
NYCDOT encourages residents to report potholes via the Daily Pothole Tumblr website, a Smartphone app (NYC 311) or by calling 311 from your phone. Take note state DOT's. This is how you gain interest for the road construction you're doing and support for all that still needs to be done.