April 01, 2017
Comedian and actor Bob Saget has made a wise observation about Philadelphia following his week here.
It's not about any restaurant or attraction, not at all – in fact, it has to do with Philly's streets.
"I think Philadelphia has the best potholes in the United States," he tweeted Friday.
I think Philadelphia has the best potholes in the United States.— bob saget (@bobsaget) March 31, 2017
Saget was in Philadelphia on Wednesday hosting an event dedicating Temple University's School of Media and Communication's name change to the Lewis Klein College of Media and Communication in honor of the broadcasting pioneer.
Klein is said to have helped launch Saget's career before he graduated from Temple in 1978.
Saget also headlined a show at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside on Thursday.
While some of Saget's followers turned the tweet into a total competition, suggesting that other cities across the nation like Houston and Cleveland should take the title instead, many Philadelphians seconded his opinion.
@bobsaget 100% true. can't drive down one street without hitting a terrible pothole— vincent staples (@vinnystapes) March 31, 2017
Of course, Philadelphia's love for potholes has been well documented in the past.
Potholes in philly really be deeper than poetry— EEB (@EEB___) March 31, 2017
Why does Philly have so many POTHOLES— Natalie (@higgitus) March 26, 2017
City Controller Alan Butkovitz said in November that the Streets Department missed its annual street paving goal by 83 miles last year, contributing to the city's "pothole epidemic."
Each pothole costs about $22 to repair, according to the city.
Mike Dunn, a spokesperson for the mayor's office, said that the Streets Department's paving budget has now increased, putting it on track to reach its goal in the next four years.
More than 11,000 potholes have been filled since January, according to the Streets Department.
Jokes aside, Philadelphians angry about a pothole in their neighborhood should report the street defect to Philly 311 by dialing 311 or 215-686-8686.
Requests can also be filed online here.