Our dirty city

March 11th, 2008

I always thought Philly was one of the dirtiest places I’ve ever been too. Sure, it’s a big city, blah blah, but I’ve seen bigger places look a lot cleaner. The primary problem is just that the citizens don’t care about it, and litter because it’s somehow more convenient, or it’s not cool for some reason to dispose of your trash into provided receptacles. Or hell, maybe since the city is already so dirty, why should I care about not littering…
There is also an issue of a lack of trash cans around though, at times you can walk for 10 blocks without seeing one (you notice these things when you’re carrying a stinky bag of dog poo), and the ones that are there are either overflowing because they’re not emptied often, or have been emptied by ever-present wind in the city. I’ve seen only a few of those new trash cans with domed tops that prevent stuff from flying out of them. But still, compared to the cultural issue, the cans are not the problem here. I’ve carried trash all the way home from for miles, as opposed to dropping it on the sidewalk.
Anyway, it looks like our new mayor is actually doing something about it. Not sure how successful it will be, but he’s trying to get 10,000 people to get out on April 5th and clean specific parts of the city. I remember being in elementary school and having organized cleanups of my immediate neighborhood with my class. After you spend a few hours cleaning up crap that other people threw out, if your parents didn’t teach you otherwise, you’ll definitely think twice before littering next time. Because you might be the person picking it up the next time!
As a city you can spend tons of money on cleaning services, but I think until the culture changes (or gets introduced to people as a new concept), it will all be in vain.

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