As I left my apartment in Hillcrest on Wednesday morning, I came upon a man standing in the middle of the street. He was diverting traffic with a spade.
It can’t be, I thought. But it was. The man was filling a pothole, and he was clearly not a city employee. I pulled over to talk to him.
For more than two months, it turned out, Primo Vannicelli has been trying to get the city to repair the pothole in front of his house, to no avail.
“I’ve been calling the city, I email them, they don’t do it, and every day it gets worse,” he said. Yes, he understood the city was in a budget crunch, he said, and that it might explain why no one had responded to his request.
“But I mean it’s actually dangerous, because you can see stones flying around,” he said. “I’ve been hit once. I was just getting into my car there, and a stone flies, because a truck hit it, boom!”
He’s been gathering the chunks of concrete that have chipped away from the pothole as it’s gotten wider and deeper.