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Show us your potholes

Inspired by the City's new 311 app, The Rapidian is asking local citizens to take pictures of their potholes for their newest photo challenge in Picturesque, called "Pothole Patrol."
Our managing editor Holly Bechiri used her son's toys and her phone to create scenes in potholes around her neighborhood.

Our managing editor Holly Bechiri used her son's toys and her phone to create scenes in potholes around her neighborhood. /Holly Bechiri

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Gretchen Vinnedge used figurines to create an "escape" scene in a pothole near her office.

Gretchen Vinnedge used figurines to create an "escape" scene in a pothole near her office. /Gretchen Vinnedge

Captures of potholes on their own like this great reflection caught in "Pool of Asphalt" by Annmarie Steffes are also encouraged

Captures of potholes on their own like this great reflection caught in "Pool of Asphalt" by Annmarie Steffes are also encouraged /Annmarie Steffes

If you've driven or biked down any street in the last month, you've noticed- or felt when it was too late- a pothole that has been recently discovered when the ice and snow melted away.

Inspired by the City of Grand Rapids' 311 website and app, where local citizens can report pothole locations to the City for repair, we've decided to challenge our readers to share their best pothole photos.

"Grand Rapids 311 enables real-time collaboration with citizens, 'deputizing' mobile users to become the city’s eyes and ears. Citizens report potholes, graffiti and other issues from anywhere in the city using their mobile phone," according to the City's website.

We got further inspired when we did a simple search for the word "pothole" on Pinterest. And voila: "Pothole Patrol" was born.

Readers can participate by either submitting their own photos or voting for their favorites. Votes are tallied by number of comments, Facebook shares, and tweets- and the highest popular vote photo garners a swag bag full of Rapidian goodness.

Add your photos and vote for your favorites today- the challenge runs through the end of the month.

 

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