Potholes as flower pots? Brussels protester brightens up damaged roads

Potholes as flower pots? Brussels protester brightens up damaged roads

BRUSSELS – A Brussels man has begun planting flowers in potholes throughout the Belgian capital to spotlight what he says is the sorry state of lots of the metropolis’s roads.

Brussels resident Anton Schuurmans waters flowers after planting them in an unrepaired pothole to attract consideration to the dangerous state of public roads in Brussels, Belgium April 5, 2018. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Armed with a bag stuffed with flowers, soil and a small plastic watering can, Anton Schuurmans walks round city planting daffodils or geraniums in each pothole he finds, generally braving heavy visitors to achieve the center of busy crossings.
“Pedestrians, bicycles, folks with their automobiles, all people is being irritated by these potholes,” mentioned 29-year-old Schuurmans, standing outdoors Brussels’ gothic cathedral, the place he had simply planted a number of flowers.
Individuals stopped and took footage on their telephones as they walked by the flowers, many agreeing that the potholes had turn out to be an issue.

“There are numerous potholes on the street in entrance of my home, so we hear a number of noise each night as folks drive over them rapidly,” mentioned Mathieu Taziaux, who works in Brussels.
Schuurmans, who moved to Belgium from the Netherlands seven years in the past, mentioned his floral protest had already had some success in persuading the council to behave, pointing throughout the road to a newly repaired patch of street.
“No less than one pothole has been repaired two days after I planted the flower in it,” he mentioned. “I used to be fairly completely satisfied to see that.”

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