A look at what's going on in Trinidad, on H Street, and in the larger area north of Capitol Hill.
its really sad that the city isn't paying people to do this
This is the way this great country of ours is going - reduce taxes, cut services, and then hope that some millionaire with lots of bucks or some volunteer with lots of time will pick up the slack. Until the American public as a whole are willing to support higher taxes, we're all going to have to get used to this as our new standard of living. The "Great Society" ain't looking so great anymore...
We had a clean-up on the west side about a month ago. Withing 2 days the street was again littered with McDonalds trash, liquor bottles, chicken bones, etc. If folks expect the city to pick up their litter, then they should welcome gentrifiers willing to shell out increased property taxes to pay for such services.
I've lived in a number of large cities; and in those cities, I've lived in a pretty broad range of neighborhoods, from upscale to downscale, from predominantly black to predominantly white to heavily latino to any kind of mix. And DC has the worst litter problem of anywhere I've lived. I don't know why.
Let's not turn an announcement about a nice neighborhood cleanup into something larger than it is.People are volunteering their time to clean up their community. If you don't want to support that I'm sure there are plenty of angry letters to the editor to write.
...but...but...but...it's so much easier to just throw a complaint out here into the interwebs and then wonder why no solution immediately arises from our immaculately-conceived wisdom!
I know this is a big ask, but is there any way this clean-up could be moved to Sunday morning, April 21st? The Anacostia Watershed Society has its annual clean-up on Saturday (it has been planned for months). Otherwise, I would attend both events. Here's information on the Anacostia River clean-up, if you're interested: http://www.anacostiaws.org/earthday2012
I'll partake but on a personal note, it's like trying to stop a leaking dam with your fingers.
I actually think that is great that neighbors are voluntering to do this. What is actually sad is that people litter the way they do. As I was claning my frontyard yesterday I had to witness a guy grab three trash bags that were on the sidewalk and dumped them empty with no regard as he was looking to see what was inside of them. No matter how hard I yelled he could not do that and just leave all the trash scatered on the sidewalk, he ignored me as if I wasnt there and biked away. That is what is sad.
Neighborhood cleanups are also a nice way to meet neighbors old and new and to "lead by example." There used to be monthly cleanups of H Street when I first moved in. Got to know some of the business owners as well as my neighbors and got some exercise. It's all good as they say...
4:18,This one has also been planned for a while. I just wanted to throw up a reminder note about it.5:35,I agree that neighborhood clean ups are a great way to meet people. I have met many people that way. One of those people is Richard Layman (on an H Street clean-up back in maybe 2003), who has had a pretty big impact on me and some of the things that I have done over the years.
I wish those that attend the best, it a nobel thing to do. It reinforces civic pride in some local residents.
two words- chain gang
I was a nice clean-up. We had a really good turnout, and were able to clean most of the neighborhood.
even the blood stains?
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