Thursday, July 17, 2014

Pothole Challenge Day 3 Recap: Silence in the asphalt jungle

Here's a visual representation of the relative response times after Day 3 (counting from initial reply). If it takes about 15 minutes to make gravy, Toronto 311 took 1/3 of a gravy boat, Councillor Perks rolled in at 12 gravy boats, and Rob Ford was up to 288 gravy boats and counting.

What's this about?

We're running the Great Pothole Challenge, where we pit Rob Ford head-to-head against a random city councillor and 311 to see who can fix a pothole the fastest (we're reporting the contest with a time delay to prevent manipulation). We filed all of the requests on a weekday morning so there would be an even playing field. Here's how the first 72 hours played out:

Day 3: Toronto 311 & City Councillor:

By the end of Day 3, Toronto 311 and Gord Perks were still within the promised five day inspection response time.

Day 3: Rob Ford:

Look, it's not like checking your voicemail is rocket math. We see you on your cell phone all the time, so you're either returning your messages or calling your friend/enforcer/dealer/enabler fifty times. But that would just be silly. While everyone waited in vain for you to show some love, we had a chance to catch up on an old classic:

People are being cheated, robbed, murdered, raped. And that goes on 24 hours a day, every day in the year. And that's not exceptional, that's usual. It's the same in every city in the modern world. But suppose we had no police force, good or bad. Suppose we had... just silence. Nobody to listen, nobody to answer. The battle's finished. The jungle wins. The predatory beasts take over.

Day 3 Report Card:

Rob Ford
Councillor Perks
Toronto 311
3 hours
5 minutes
23 hours
5 minutes
Inspection Scheduled
23 hours
5 minutes

By the end of Day 3, Toronto 311 was in first place, with Councillor Perks a close second and no contact from Mayor Ford. After 72 hours all three potholes remained unrepaired.

What's next?

If you guessed more of the same, you're probably right. Tune in tomorrow to see if any holes get tarred, or Rob finally checks his voicemail!

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