GONE FISH­ING ... FOR HELP

Reader's Digest International - - Drama In Real Life -

Here’s the prob­lem: A gas and util­ity com­pany work­ing on a Detroit street dug a 4-foot-wide, 15-foot­long, sev­eral-foot-deep hole—and then in­ex­pli­ca­bly left it there. Mean­while, thanks to a bro­ken wa­ter main nearby, the hole quickly filled with wa­ter. For three years, com­mu­nity mem­bers asked the city for help, but they came up empty (un­like the hole).

Why didn’t I think of that?! Neigh­bors turned their ur­ban crater into a glo­ri­ous fish­ing spot by fill­ing it with carp, bluegills, and even gold­fish. One neigh­bor told fox2de­troit.com,

“Why not do some­thing pos­i­tive out of some­thing neg­a­tive in our com­mu­nity?” And thanks to the pub­lic­ity, says the Detroit Free Press, the leak was fixed, the hole patched, and the fish placed in a bath­tub in prepa­ra­tion for their new home in a com­mu­nity gar­den pond.

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