More Thanks

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Dear Mayor and Councilmembers:

Here’s some reader comments on L.A.’s pothole problems:

I found your website while trying to find information about potholes in LA. I was driving down Wilshire, hit a really deep pothole and an hour later my tire was flat. I had sidewall damage bad enough that the tire had to be replaced, and with service charges it’s ridiculous considering it’s the city’s fault for not fixing the road. From what I remember, I called the city (forgot which number) [to find out if the repairs could be reimbursed] and basically had a run-around with the voice menu they have, so I ended up just sending out a few e-mails. Unfortunately I never heard back from anyone. Sounds like they purposely ignore people when it comes to money or repairs. When I was at the tire shop the guy said “it looks like you hit a pothole” before I even told him what had happened. I  guess I should have gotten a little note from him confirming it was pothole damage …  Oh well! I will definitely keep this claim form [we steered him to the online claim form but it was more than six months after the damages, and the city has a time limit on filing claims] for future pothole issues though, I’m sure it’ll happen someday with how horrible the LA streets are in some areas!

And:

I live in Laurel Canyon and think the roads where I live are possibly the worst in the city.  Combine that with a stiff German suspension (M3 w/ 19″) and frustration soon rears it’s ugly head.  I’ve lived all around this country and must say that the roads here are the absolute worst.  To think that frigid,  ice laden, streets of the mid-West and East coast are in much better shape than here is a testament to the gross neglect.

And:

 As a veteran driving instructor in Los Angeles, I have been thinking of starting a pot hole site and found out somebody was more fed up with the streets than I am. In thirty years of driving the streets of Los Angeles I have never seen the streets in such a shameful state. Our mayor should be fired, this is about politics and where they choose to cut and fund money. There are a ton of hard working tax payers that deserve streets that are safe and functional, not destroying their cars tires and suspensions.  Our streets are worse than some third world countries.

Thank You, Mayor Villaraigosa

It’s been more than  a year since I’ve updated L.A. Potholes — there’s so many new potholes and wrecked streets in L.A. that I just about gave up trying to document them. And the streets just keep getting worse. A perfect example: the intersection of Franklin and Whitley in Hollywood. This has to be one of the worst intersections in the city (no, strike that, Exposition and 37th Street near USC is the worst); there’s a major dip there with potholes, ruts, and broken concrete that makes driving through the intersection an epic adventure at anything over 5 MPH. Several calls to the City have been to no avail. Up in the hills there’s a street that has so many ripples, potholes and broken concrete that a year-old motor mount in a friend’s Mini Cooper was so stressed that it had to be replaced.

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Thank You, Mayor Villaraigos!

Alley Oop

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Do alleys count as rough roads? We think so, especially if you have to drive through one to get to a parking lot or to the back of a store. Here’s a great one that’s been in a sad state of disrepair for more years than we can remember: the alley on the SouthWest side of La Cienega and Pico, between a Shell gas station and the strip mall that houses the Versailles Cuban Restaurant. You take your life in your hands with this one.

LA Potholes
The streets of L.A. are a mess. In some heavily trafficked neighborhoods it seems as if you can’t go a block without hitting a pothole or a rough stretch of road. The right lanes on Wilshire Boulevard in the Miracle Mile in both West and East directions, Third Street between Rossmore and La Brea, Sunset Boulevard between La Brea and Vine, Beverly between La Cienega and San Vicente, Olympic between Spaulding and Century Park East, Pico Boulevard from Century City to Sawtelle, just to name a few.

Time to fight back.

Let’s give City Hall a message: Fix our streets.

4th and McCadden

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In the quiet Hancock Park intersection of W. 4th Street and McCadden Place resides this nice bump in the road. It’s a rude awakening on a side street  of one of L.A.’s finer neighborhoods.

LA Potholes
The streets of L.A. are a mess. In some heavily trafficked neighborhoods it seems as if you can’t go a block without hitting a pothole or a rough stretch of road. The right lanes on Wilshire Boulevard in the Miracle Mile in both West and East directions, Third Street between Rossmore and La Brea, Sunset Boulevard between La Brea and Vine, Beverly between La Cienega and San Vicente, Olympic between Spaulding and Century Park East, Pico Boulevard from Century City to Sawtelle, just to name a few.

Time to fight back.

Let’s give City Hall a message: Fix our streets.

Alfred and Waring

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On the North side of Waring Avenue, between La Cienega and Alfred, the street has apparently arisen in protest: Perhaps it wants to become a driveway. It kind of reminds us of a wave of asphalt breaking over a smooth beach of concrete.

LA Potholes
The streets of L.A. are a mess. In some heavily trafficked neighborhoods it seems as if you can’t go a block without hitting a pothole or a rough stretch of road. The right lanes on Wilshire Boulevard in the Miracle Mile in both West and East directions, Third Street between Rossmore and La Brea, Sunset Boulevard between La Brea and Vine, Beverly between La Cienega and San Vicente, Olympic between Spaulding and Century Park East, Pico Boulevard from Century City to Sawtelle, just to name a few.

Time to fight back.

Let’s give City Hall a message: Fix our streets.

Cahuenga and Fountain

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Here’s a nice pothole just at the NorthEast portion of the intersection of Cahuenga and Fountain, perfect to snag your tires as you go West on Fountain and make a right turn up Cahuenga. A treat on your way to the Hollywood Bowl.

LA Potholes
The streets of L.A. are a mess. In some heavily trafficked neighborhoods it seems as if you can’t go a block without hitting a pothole or a rough stretch of road. The right lanes on Wilshire Boulevard in the Miracle Mile in both West and East directions, Third Street between Rossmore and La Brea, Sunset Boulevard between La Brea and Vine, Beverly between La Cienega and San Vicente, Olympic between Spaulding and Century Park East, Pico Boulevard from Century City to Sawtelle, just to name a few.

Time to fight back.

Let’s give City Hall a message: Fix our streets.

LA Potholes

The streets of L.A. are a mess. In some heavily trafficked neighborhoods it seems as if you can’t go a block without hitting a pothole or a rough stretch of road. The right lanes on Wilshire Boulevard in the Miracle Mile in both West and East directions, Third Street between Rossmore and La Brea, Sunset Boulevard between La Brea and Vine, Beverly between La Cienega and San Vicente, Olympic between Spaulding and Century Park East, Pico Boulevard from Century City to Sawtelle, just to name a few.

Here’s some of our current favorites:

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800 S. Mansfield

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Two views of the intersection of Ridgely and Wilshire

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Third and Rimpau (Status: repaired)

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Franklin and Bronson (Status: repaired)

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A bad stretch of Third Street

Time to fight back.

Let’s give City Hall a message: Fix our streets.

It’s your turn. E-mail us with a picture of your favorite pothole or bad stretch of road, and we’ll post it to this Blog and forward it on to the powers that be. Use this handy Pot Shots outline for describing your pothole, and send it to PotShots@LAPotholes.com.

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