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Potholes for sale in German village

AFP · 3 Mar 2010, 16:07

Published: 03 Mar 2010 16:07 GMT+01:00

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People can buy a hole in Niederzimmern near Leipzig for €50. In return the authorities will repair it - and put a personal message on top, Christoph Schmidt-Rose told local radio station MDR.

"It's about using a funny idea to find people prepared to help us sort out our roads" who can then "sort of feel like they own the hole in the road," Schmidt-Rose said.

He said that some potholes had already been snapped up by television channels and newspapers wanting to advertise.

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Experts estimate that months of severe winter weather have left as many as 40 percent of Germany's roads badly damaged, while the recession has made it hard for local authorities to patch them up.

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17:42 March 3, 2010 by Fredfeldman
This is only the beginning. All the money is going to asia because the folks there work so cheaply. Today we can't afford to fix the streets, tomorrow we won't be able to pay pensions or keep the hospitals open. Open markets are a disaster for the developed world.
18:21 March 3, 2010 by michael4096
Open markets are a disaster for the developed world
that was the argument when the fedgling u.s. stole the design of various cotton spinning and weaving machines from lancashire, ~300 years ago - it was wrong then, it's wrong now

the point is that open markets provide the developed world with cheaper goods making everybody feel richer and the developing world with income making everybody feel richer - what's not to like?

sure, industry in the developed world has got to keep up with the times and make the things that it can do better - just like industry always has to - just like BMW in the u.s. today - the world turns and I for one would not like it to stand still
18:44 March 3, 2010 by tollermann
@ michael4096 just what are you taking about? Designs for cotton spinning?

We are not talking about creative destruction where one device or idea replaces another we are talking about other countries making the things we use to and then our manufacturing base is left to rust.

Sorry, I am not buying an outdated economic theory. I say we make agreements between western countries and we control access to our economies like third world countries do to theirs! Seems to me that fair play is to adopt their ideas!
22:45 March 3, 2010 by Logic Guy
Well, I think it's a brilliant idea. And if I had an extra 50 Euros, then I would buy one too. One of the coolest things about creativity is that it can be used to solve problems.

As for a Global Economy, such a system will never function well, as long as there are no laws in which everyone must follow. "Every man from himself and take as much as you can get", is a terrible thing for such an economy. Take a look around?

The truth is, a nation is much better of building a DOMESTIC based economy. This would shield it from a international downturn.
02:31 March 4, 2010 by Eagle1
So silly. Here's how you fix the potholes for next to nothing:

Believe it or not, there are volunteer groups who would do it for fun. Turn it into a party. Get a few Euros together to buy some asphalt. Someone get a keg of beer and a radio. Some volunteers could bring hand-held tampers. Bring everything to the pothole sites. Have a few hot girls in bikinis stop by. Every pothole in town would be filled by the end of the day. Write it down.
00:07 March 5, 2010 by snorge
@ michael4096

Oh, we stole the techology, OK. Sure it was worng then and prolly now too, but really who loast anything now because of it and who really cares? Now lets talk about Germany stealing Austria, Poland, France and most of Europe. It's in the past you might say. Well so is stealing something 300 years ago, so lets stick to the point, there is no money to fix German roads, selling a pothole is a good idea!

Get with the times man! Buy a pothole!!!!!
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