Yesterday my city announced an opportunity for the civic minded to demonstrate their devotion to the community. There are 200 fire hydrants in our city, and we can to select one to care for. It involves clearing any obstacles from around the hydrant so it is ready to use in emergencies. Only 15 hydrants have been adopted to date. I can see the wisdom in this, as city workers are spread too thin to check them all for obstructions, and neighborhood residents are more likely to notice problems.
I don’t know why this struck me as so funny. I can think of many city excresences I would like to care for: poorly trimmed trees, obscured street signs, vehicles on snow emergency routes that should have been towed but weren’t, etc. Give me a Bobcat with a snow shovel and I will clear out problematic snowy intersections. The possibilities are limitless .
What civic problem would you like to adopt and fix?