Indianapolis realtor potting plants in potholes to make a point

Indianapolis realtor planting pots in potholes to make a point
Indianapolis realtor planting pots in potholes to make a point

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR/CNN) — An Indianapolis man says he’s fed up with the city’s unsightly potholes and the damage they cause.

Like many people, Kurt Flock is fed up with all the potholes.

“I’ve been very frustrated…,” Flock said.

Especially with ones on Mass Ave.

“Worst case is you throw out your suspension, or you might get a flat or lose a hubcap, and that’s been happening all over the city,” Flock said.

And yes, he has gone online to report the worst ones with mixed luck.

“The potholes out in front of my house have been filled a couple times with something that doesn’t want to stay there,” Flock said.

So, the Realtor decided to take things into his own hands.

“There wasn’t a lot of thought behind it, there was a pothole and a plant and so I thought well this might be kinda fun,” Flock said.

Flock returned to his office got on line and got to work making a short video called adopt a pothole.

The video says: “Volunteers are pitching in to fill the $16-million funding gap in Indy’s lame pothole repair program.”

Here’s what follows, Flock potting a plant in that huge Mass Avenue pothole.

Down the street – atop the 25th floor, the mayor’s office wasn’t laughing – especially with this ending

“They thought people might be confused that the city would actually be running and adopt a pothole program and requested I take that reference down from the video,” Flock said.

When he paused, he was told he might be hearing from a city attorney.

“I’m not gonna take that down… if they put me in jail just consider it a form of civil disobedience and protest and hopefully something good happens,” Flock said.

CNN affiliate WTHR reports the city-county council approved eight-million dollars requested by the Department of Public Works to fill the potholes.

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