Planting in Potholes
When Elaine Santore's town became riddled with potholes, she picked up her shovel and took to the streets. Santore came up with a creative way to bring attention to the problem. She planted pansies in over 10 potholes across town. "I haven’t had any bad reactions,” says Santore. “A truck driver drove by and asked what I was doing; I told him and he got all hyped up and smiley about it." The city has since fixed at least five of the potholes.
Acts of guerrilla gardening, similar to Santore's pansies in potholes, are happening across cities all over the world. These activists are drawing attention to public neglect and are bringing gardens back to the concrete jungle.