Government Failed To Repair These Roads, So A Group Of Volunteers Did It Themselves

fix-potholesBy John Vibes

One of the main things that people usually bring up in defense of government is the idea that without the government there would not be any roads, or that the roads would somehow fall into disrepair. Well, it is not hard to tell these days that the infrastructure is falling apart, even with taxation at an all-time high. The government still isn’t able to properly maintain roads and bridges.

In one Michigan community, people took these matters into their own hands instead of sitting around and waiting for the failed government to do it.

Residents of Hamtramck, Michigan, a community in the heart of Detroit, recently started an effort to fill in potholes and repair roads themselves.

The effort is staffed by volunteers and paid for by donations that are collected from a “GoFundMe” page.

The fundraiser page says:

Everyone who lives in or has been through Hamtramck recently knows how much help our roads need. The city is doing what they can with the major roads but, unfortunately, does not have funding to fix a lot of the potholes in the residential streets. That’s where we come in. We have already started our project with money from our own pockets using a cold patch on a block of Lumpkin which now looks and feels more like a proper street rather than the surface of the moon. Are you tired of dodging craters on your route? Then consider helping us out, any donation you can make would be appreciated and used solely to fund materials needed for patching.

The fundraiser is closing in on its goal of $5,000 and significant progress has been made repairing local roads.

In the most recent session, a group of over 35 volunteers joined together to repair roads in a number of different Hamtramck communities.

While we are on the subject of roads, there was a perfect example of this very situation that occurred a few years back on Hawaii’s Kauai Island, when private citizens performed $4 million road repair job for free in 8 days. When a need arises in a community, people naturally come together and take care of what needs to be done; they don’t need someone forcing them to do it.

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John Vibes writes for True Activist and is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war.

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7 Comments on "Government Failed To Repair These Roads, So A Group Of Volunteers Did It Themselves"

  1. Falcor Lawrence | September 5, 2015 at 4:11 pm | Reply

    I believe in the state of Michigan the law says (or used to say) if you repaired public roads your self you could deduct the cost of that repair from your property tax. Something to check on.

  2. John C Carleton | September 6, 2015 at 5:20 am | Reply

    Now that the citizens are fixing the roads because the political minions already stole all the money, will the citizens start making the cops and political prostitutes pay every time they violate a traffic code to pay for repairs?

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  3. Similar task just performed with code enforcements permission … not that they actually had the authority. LOL
    Easement along property by city street is about 150 yards … 7.5 acres. Tumbleweeds were becoming hedges growing into street. 5 ft. in to property is the cities to mow n trim. No $$ for cut … potholes are higher priority … which is fine. So it was machete weed wack time for me. Cut tumblers down and threw on brush pile for landfill. Goodwill with the city, the fire dept, and your neighbors …. priceless. Roads safer for kids, pets, horses, bikes, pedestrians and rabbits now. BUT … am expecting a fine from the EPA for destroying a wildlife habitat. LOL

  4. They’re letting country / rural roads go all over.
    First of all, UN Agenda 21 is anti-automobile.
    Secondly, this is another instrument used to undermine life outside the ‘Priority Development Areas’ (PDAs), which are next to rail – ring a bell?
    As rural / country services are defunded (another tool), folks are starting to staff schools themselves, more and more volunteer fire depts., etc..

  5. Looks like a real county road crew. 2 people working and the rest standing around watching.

  6. GREAT IDEA, except that cold patch is a waste of money … it will fail in very short order …

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