The Green Mouse received a message: "Check out the death traps on the northwest corner of 4th and Elm."
You mean these two holes?
The lawyers call this "premises liability," but of course it's a sidewalk, not a street -- people too poor to have cars insist on walking, and taxpayers are the ones in automobiles -- and so the city doesn't care.
Here's the Board of Public Works and Safety dialogue, recreated every Tuesday morning.
Utility Contractor: We have to tear up a bunch of shit.
Warren Nash: Will it affect traffic?
Utility Contractor: No -- we'll dump the shit we tear up, right there on the sidewalk.
Warren Nash: What's the board's pleas ... whatever -- APPROVED.
It's not in the water, folks. It's in the institutional DNA of a dysfunctional city.