Tuesday, February 26, 2013
San Diegans frustrated by languishing potholes have been known to take repairs into their own hands. That spirit is alive and well south of the border, too.
A video uploaded to YouTube over the weekend by a group called "Amemos Tijuana" (Let's Love Tijuana), shows a group of young residents throwing a birthday party for a gaping pothole on one of Tijuana's major highways. The video shows attendees donning birthday hats, balloons and noisemakers, breaking a piñata over the pothole, singing the Mexican birthday song and cutting a cake. Their tagline, roughly translated: "Tijuana: Where potholes age in years."
I couldn't immediately track down the group, but its YouTube profile describes it briefly as "youth who are concerned about our city."
Its goal seems to be to bring public awareness to the city's infrastructure, and possibly other problems. The end of the video shows a city worker showing up to fill the pothole with gravel, and telling party-goers his boss had sent him out to repair it.