Son of a…

Dirty alley, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

This is the alley taken a week after our big clean up. It is absolutely filthy. I dare say it is dirtier now than before we cleaned it. WTF? I hope there is a special place in hell for…alright It’s not that bad but it sure pisses me off. For real, you got to be kidding me. Is there no decency left? So what do you think: Is it even worth cleaning the alley if it is just going to get super filthy within the week of cleaning it?

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  • Neighborhood cleanups are not about picking up trash. Although it’s a nice side effect, it’s about building community. Take pride in that fact!

  • PoP, as i said when we met on cleanup day, this is the work of those two houses towards the one end of the alley… They are absolutely filty human beings.

  • Anon. Good point about building community. I did meet some great people that I hadn’t met before. It is just very frustrating to see all that work go to waste so quickly.

    Oliveskinnednica, It is a very frustrating experience but I have actually met them on a few occasions and they are actually quite nice people. So while I am upset about how they aren’t careful with their garbage, I think it is a little too harsh to call them filthy human beings. They are nice people and maybe the kids are the main culprits. I am really angry about the situation but I just don’t like name calling. I don’t mean to sound holier than thou but we really do all have to get along.

  • Oh man. I’d be so mad/depressed if I saw that.

    I’m not suggesting this as criticism at all, but I wonder if the cleanup effort incorporated residents on the whole block? Was everyone invited to get involved? I just wonder if the entire block really felt a part of this community building effort — I know that even if I couldn’t come out, if I were personally acquainted with people sweating it out to make my alley look good, I wouldn’t throw my trash around! Then again, I row on the Anacostia and I’d like to think that if more people knew where their trash ended up, they’d be more careful. It’s horrible to see beautiful egrets and herons nesting next to trash.

    It was still a mitzvah, PoP!

  • I didnt look tonight, but as of last night the bulk trash pickup of all the junk from 10 days ago still had not occurred. Granted the new trash is different, but im still hoping the city will step up and do their part.

  • The city has to be dogged on this stuff. Call Ayana Rockett at 442-8150, Ward 4’s Neighborhood Services Coordinator, and ask her to schedule a pick-up. Was that done previously?

    As for serial litterers, let’s face it, some people just don’t seem to care. How often have you seen people pitch fast food refuse out their car windows in our neighborhood? It’s a reflection on their self image, not much we can do about it other than pick up their trash.

    A friend visiting from Australia remarked that he thought a lot of people in DC lived at the “survivor mode” level, consumed by the most basic aspects of day-to-day living and not thinking much beyond that. There are still kids in our neighborhood who go to bed at night wearing their favorite clothes and sneakers because they worry that their addict parent(s) will steal their favorite possessions overnight to sell in order to get high. Ask teachers in any DC public school, and you hear these horror stories. The reality of some kids lives is that it’s “normal” to see another young person in a coffin.

    When that’s your reality, the last thing you’re concerned with is a clean alley.

  • While stopped at a red light a few weeks ago, a guy in another car was apparently finished with his snack (BBQ shrimp, it looked like) and simply stuck his arm out the window and dropped the styrofoam container on the street – shrimp tails, BBQ sauce and containers, etc. splattered everywhere. The car had DC plates. Way to take care of your own. Don’t shit where you eat, asshole.

  • PoP–I agree with oliveskinnednica and disagree with you: Some people are filthy human beings. And a good number of them live in the PW.
    It is not a socioeconomic value judgment to say that people should not throw shrimp-filled styrofoam onto the street. Cleanliness is not a gentrification issue and it shouldn’t be construed that way.
    My alley is very clean and we and our next door neighbors are the only non-long term residents in the alley.
    It’s a matter of respect. A lot of a*sholes in the PW don’t have it.

  • It’s a stretch to say “suvivor mode” makes you a disrepsectful slob. Both of my parents came up hard in the depression and still seemed to be able live respectfully (if burdened with unending stories about the depression). If you have low expectations for kids then they’ll deliver. It is unhelpful to pander to this notion that we can’t expect our neighbors, whatever their circumstances, to respect us as we respect them… and it’s disrespectful to suggest people of modest means can’t deal with basic everyday concerns.

  • I tend to agree with the last “anonymous.” I would like to think that the “friend from Australia” was offering their thoughts as a genuine attempt to understand. But there’s something very condescending about believing that there are some people who are just incapable of handing the burden of being a part of society — the part that means you don’t throw your your crap everywhere.

    To think otherwise sets up a dynamic where one group of people are always seen as victims, another group of people see themselves as being dragged down by these victims. Not healthy.

  • This definitely sucks, but be glad we don’t live at 7th and O.

  • I am surprised that you are surprised that the garbage came back. Everywhere I walk around here I see broken glass, wrappers, various bones, soda cans, etc, etc, ad infinitum. I do not understand why some people treat the street as a dumpster, but it is disgusting and annoying – especially because most people’s trash cans are out all of the time, all you have to do is walk 10 feet down an alley to avoid littering. Apparently, too much to ask.

  • I am not so much surprised as pissed off. Very, very frustrating…

  • Um, yeah. “I’m poor and stressed with the “realities of life”, so I can’t be bothered not to throw my garbage on the street.” is not a viable excuse in my book.

  • Guess what? I’m not poor, because I do have a job, and thus I am very busy. Yet somehow I find it in myself to shrug off the “realities” of my intensely stressful life and find a proper receptacle for my trash. It’s threatening to bring down my delicately built deck of cards that I call my life, but somehow I manage.

    Give me a break. Trash goes in a trash can. It’s not that hard.

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