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Lope Gutiérrez-Ruiz

Founder / Co-Director, The Gopher Illustrated


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What do organized communities achieve more efficiently than government? What could they achieve?"

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  • Oct 7 2011: I recall hearing in the media last winter about a community complaining to their alderman in Chicago about numerous potholes in the streets. Several people got flat tires and were fed up with the city's lack of response. So a group went out, bought the materials and fixed the potholes themselves.

    I think this is an excellent example of how communities can focus on their own needs and work together to take care of them. Government is empowered to do so, but failed, in this case. Government officials and politicians tend to lose focus on what is really important to people and instead focus on perpetuating their own power. When communities are active and focus on their needs and wants and put their resources (time, money, expertise, etc.) towards achieving those goals communities can achieve wonderful things. In essence, it's really dependent upon active participation.
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      Oct 7 2011: Yes I herd about this guy I think in California who was sick of traffic So he made his own traffic signs that diverted traffic in a better pattern. After a few months he was caught, but it turns out the DOT did not press any charges against him, rather they made his changes official because it was more practical than what they were doing.
      • Oct 7 2011: I saw that too - fun guerrilla art

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