| News |

City Didn't Repair Pothole — So Bryan Ford Planted a Tree in It

Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

Potholes: No street in Colorado is immune from them — and around this time each year, their numbers seem to grow at the same pace as the frustration of drivers and property owners.

So credit Colorado Springs's Bryan Ford with doing something about them.

After the city allegedly failed to respond to complaints about a pothole outside his business, Ford reportedly decided to make his point about the situation in a very nature-friendly way — by planting a tree in it.

The story definitely struck a chord among Colorado Springs media, and no wonder. Indeed, one television station in the area, KKTV, actually boasts a "Policing Potholes" page, featuring a graphic that shows the worst potholes in the area according to viewers.

No surprise, then, that on May 31, the station's Facebook page shared the photo at the top of this post.

At this writing, the item has collected nearly 2,000 likes and been shared more than 600 times.

In the meantime, Ford, owner of B&M Auto Repair, who says he planted the tree after his forklift got stuck in the pothole and actually had to be pulled out of it, has become something of a folk hero in the Springs.

Thanks to his growing protest.

Here's coverage of the pothole tree from KKTV, Fox21 and KRDO.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.