Saturday, November 24, 2012

State of the Union? Trashy

I remember when we would take long drives when I was a kid (vacation, visiting relatives, whatever) and seeing the sides of the roads just covered in trash. Paper, bags, unraveled cassette tapes were everywhere. Over the years, I also watched most of it disappear, even in the crappier neighborhoods of Chicago.  Adopt-a-highway's were prevalent and people just seemed to be more careful. 

Over the last year or so, as I've driven to and fro, I'm seeing a reversion.  Trash is creeping back onto the sides, some areas just positively covered. So the question I ask is 'Why'?  Have people lost that pride in cleanly environment?  Are the strict 'No Littering' laws not being enforced as they used to be? Or are people just crappier than before? 

Either way I see it as a statement on how things are now.

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Lazy Bike Commuter said...

Let's trade unemployment payments for a few days a month cleaning up litter.

Seems like I read about one city in the northeast doing that, and they ended up with prettier parks AND a not-insignificant number of people who decided it wasn't worth the hassle, so they stopped getting checks. That's a win-win if I ever heard one.

Robert Fowler said...

Do the same thing with welfare payments. 3 days a week wouldn't hurt any of them.

skidmark said...

Been thinking about this, and about the comments to tie welfare to cleaning up. I've decided I am against that - only because it takes work away from jail inmates who desparately need the experience for their rsumes (environmental clean-up specialist, urban recycling program technician, resorce management specialist and the like). Besides, jail inmates actually look forward to getting out in the fresh air, where they can find used needles without needing to climb in the dumpster.

stay safe.