NYer Tackles Pothole Problem By Planting Pansies There

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) -
Pansies are planted in a pothole to draw attention to a road danger.
Pansies are planted in a pothole to draw attention to a road danger.

An upstate New York woman has taken on the post-winter pothole problem in her hometown by filling in the eyesores with pansies.

After months of severe weather left the streets of Schenectady pocked with pavement craters and city public works crews scrambling to fix them, some residents began filling in the holes themselves.

Elaine Santore decided to take it a step further by dumping dirt and pansies into potholes on two streets to make a statement about the problem and to make people smile after what she called “a horrible winter.”

Of the 10 holes she filled with flowers, Santore said she believed all have now been fixed by city crews. When she drove past on her way to work, most of the holes had been patched over with blacktop, she said.

“I knew something would happen to them,” she said. “Either people would take the flowers or they would be filled in.”