Every time a vehicle passes over a pothole, as we feel ourselves bounce in our seats in slow motion, we die a little. And then we cuss the city of
Dallas, the mayor, construction workers, God, etc., saying that we don't deserve this kind of hell. Potholes seem to be everywhere in Dallas. Here are nine that caught our attention. We only wish this list is comprehensive; email us photos of the ones we've missed and we'll include them in future pothole roundups.
1) The Grand Canyon near Matilda and Llano
Is this even a pothole or just Satan's way to screwing up your life forever? The worst part is this isn't even all of it, just a representative stretch. Matilda is just filled with these kinds of monsters.
2) Intersection Of Doome at Wycliffe and Oak Lawn
Even Highland Park can't escape the nightmare. At the intersection of Wycliffe and Oak Lawn, there is a pothole that has the potential to ruin drivers' lives no matter which way they are coming from.
3) Welcome to Dallas, Behold the Craters of Mockingbird
Mockingbird off 35 and leading to Love Field is straight disaster. It's like Rainbow Road level on Mario Kart, but the roads aren't cheerful and rainbow-esque. They are uneven and sad. This one in particular in front of Love Field isn't special, but there is something nice about the first road you drive on once entering Dallas rightfully depressing your expectations.
4) A meteor crater near the Green Papaya
Across from Green Papaya on Oak Lawn is a pothole so deep and so utterly amazing in its own right, it deserves an award. What is this? How does this happen? How many people have fallen into the hole and were never seen again?
5) The Wheel-Turning Crevasse of Reverchon
Not quite a pothole, but these kinds of cracks in the road are fun because one twist of your steering wheel and you are off the road and into another county. This is across from Reverchon Park Recreation Center on Maple Avenue and it's one 18-wheeler driving on it away from being a full-blown pothole, just like a caterpillar finding its way into a beautiful butterfly.
6) A nice swimming hole on Maple and McKinney
This one is especially beautiful because water has filled the area, making it a nice place to drink from, or for birds to bathe in, or maybe you would like to take a nice break and wash your feet.
7) Stay in Your Lane or Die
Once again, not to be dramatic, but if you inch away from your designated bike lane and veer into McMillan Street near Ridgedale, you might die if you hit this crack in the street that can pretty much be classified as a pothole.
8) The Greenville Plate Boundary
Greenville Ave is creased with enough long, winding potholes that it seems like tectonic plates are in motion here.
9) Curb Your Appeal
There is a beautiful home for sale near McMillan and Miller. The only problem is there is a giant horrible mess near its driveway. The home is nice but the street, like so many in Dallas, is a fixer-upper.
Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, 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 Dallas with no paywalls.