Dear PoPville – Disgusting Bus Stop

Dear PoPville,

This was the scene at the bus stop on 14th across from Target in Columbia Heights this morning. It’s not at all unusual to see that stop trashed. The photo doesn’t capture the smell of urine. (Really? People will pee at a bus stop at a busy intersection in plain view of everyone?) I used to live near Nationals Park, and the Capitol Riverfront folks did a good job keeping public spaces tidy and the atmosphere around the Metro stops friendly. Maybe Target, Best Buy, Chipotle, the banks, and other businesses in Columbia Heights should pony up for something similar. ‘Cause scenes like this sure don’t make me want to live, do business, or wait for the bus in the neighborhood.

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  • Just once, I’d like to identify where a litterer (great word!) lives so I can toss my trash into his or her yard. For some reason, I think he or she may not approve.

  • It’s a reflection of the people that live around there. Note, I’m not saying that everyone that lives in the area is a filthy, disgusting pig, but I live on U Street and that’s a familiar sight at the 14th and U bus stop in front of McDonald’s. It’s a low-class thing. I even saw a female cop take a piece of gum and throw the wrapper on the ground. If you don’t respect yourself, you’re surely not going to respect your environment. “It’s someone else’s mess to clean up, not mine!”

    • I agree about the 14th and U bus stop. Unfortunately, I pass by that intersection twice each day on my work commute. There is always trash on the corner. I can always count on each day to hear the word “motherf**ker” at least twice. Just a bunch of low class thugs hanging out there.

    • I think one person’s actions tend to influence another’s, also. In my neighborhood I often see people picking up litter. Usually it’s just around the vicitinity of their homes, but there’s a homeless man who I frequently see cleaning up the little bits of debris that accumulate between the street and the curb. When you see other people picking up trash it doesn’t seem as strange to do it yourself, and if you’re someone that might be inclined to litter in the first place it might shame you into finding a trashcan.

      • We had a few guys that were doing this for a while (cleaning up sidewalks and people’s yards) —turns out they were scoping out houses to break in…

        • Well, the guy I see is always doing it around the Eastern Market metro station and doesn’t appear to be venturing into residential blocks.

    • Yes.

      But it’s not just the poor people in the gazillions of publicly-subsidized housing who litter. The Trinity AME church at 16th and Oak owns some parking lots over at Center and Newton, and they recently took a weed whacker out to their fence line. All the chopped up grass and weeds are STILL out there on the sidewalk. And they never bothered to pick up the litter they scattered out on the sidewalk, that presumably was buried in their fenceline overgrowth.

      (This is also the church that rarely bothers to shovel the sidewalk on busy 16th Street after it snows. So much for the Golden Rule.)

      • um. grass isn’t litter, buddy.

        • He said the litter buried in the grass…but you should still clean up your grass trimmings from the sidewalk. I don’t see the difference here.

      • And churches NEVER shovel snow!

      • I am so glad someone finally commented on the AME Trinity church’s weedwhacking of the fence line and trash mingled with grass clippings that are now piled all over the sidewalk. They mow and weed whack but otherwise ignore that piece of property. Trash builds up daily. It is really unsightly.

  • Agreed! There needs to be a CH BID or something similar. If there is already one in place, it is wholly ineffective. Out of common decency, FroZenYo should be taking some initiative already, given the prevalence of its containers in the trash mix.
    Also, what’s up with the homeless guy that has parked in front of Sticky Fingers over the last few days? He has three full shopping carts and is giving every impression that he doesn’t plan to move.

  • pablo .raw

    I took this photo of that same spot a week ago, and it was clean enough that someone even decided to take a nap! Maybe I don’t pay attention, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen it as dirty as the above photo shows it.

  • Columbia Heights is a mess. Just goes to prove you that it doesn’t matter how many billions in new development, construction, public amenities you fund, it ain’t gonna matter unless you do something about the source of the trash. With the 1000 + units of low income, city subsized housing within a 4 square block of that bus stop, Columbia Heights will continue to suffer from its “low rent ghetto smell” for some time to come. Doesn’t matter how many 700K condos you sell in the vicinity…

    I wish the city would be the catalyst for a local BID. There is enough retail on 14th between Park and Harvard to easily pay for it. Just don’t let Graham do the talking. That mental midget basically tried to get Target to subsidize the entire BID for Columbia Heights, trying to get them to pay more than any other single commerical entitiy in any BID in the city. They told him to go pound sand, and here we are ~5 years later with no BID.

    • Are poor people really the only folks littering at that bus stop? Given the number of 700K condos and the number of Starbucks cups, my guess is that some of those litterers are at least middle class.

      • Amen to that. There is no evidence that this mess was left by someone who lives in low income housing. Anytime anything bad happens in Columbia Heights too many on this blog jump to the conclusion that poor people are to blame. It reflects a general dislike of people below their income/educational class.

        I don’t like littering either, but I actually do like that Columbia Heights has a mix of incomes in it. It is one of the things that makes the neighborhood interesting.

        • Actually, there is evidence.

          If you walk around Bloomingdale and Ledroit, you’ll notice that homes that have been purchased by gentrifiers are almost always immaculate. On the other hand, if you walk around the public housing complex on W Street NW, there is trash and garbage everywhere on and around the property.

          • Yes – if the truth offends the more sensitive among us.

          • I completely disagree. I remember being at a party with a bunch of middle to upper-middle class folks in a nice renovated house in Petworth, and one of them just threw his butts out into the streets. His response to my criticism…”I pay taxes.”

            Ashamed to be a democrat sometimes…

        • No evidence? You mean other than countless stories of people physically watching it happen?

          C’mon now. The first step in fixing a problem, is admitting you have one in the first place.

          I am in Columbia Heights a few times a week and can’t say I’ve ever seen some guy drive his BMW out of the Kenyon Square garage, and throw his trash out the window as he drives down the street. I have watched more folks than I can count walk out of the public housing on Columbia /13th and leave a trail of trash down the sidewalk a block long (empty steel reserve cans, wrappers etc). I have followed welfare moms out of Giant (I was behind them in lined and watched them pay with their welfare cards) with her 6 kids in tow eating the chicken wings she just got at the Giant prepared food counter and throwing the wings on the sidewalk as she finished them.

          I have watched long lines of young kids with their parents walk out of the 7-11 at 14th and Columbia walk down the street and throw wrappers, cans, juice boxes and pizza crusts down whereever they happened to be standing.

          Oh, and lastly…that entire area around the metro in front of 5 guys, Petes etc. is filled with passed out /drunk jobless bums spreading their trash around, pissing in the metro elevator, on the building etc.

          So while I can’t say that every single last piece of trash on Columbia Heights streets came from the local indigent…I’d bet one of my kidneys that 99.9% did.

          • Yeah never get behind a welfare mother at Giant. That whole transaction with what food stamps and which ones can buy what takes way too long. If you can’t feed your kid you should stop having kids. Just Sayin!!!

            And to be on topic the poor need to stop dropping their trash everywhere.

          • Good thing you’ll still be okay with 1 kidney…

      • Have you ever been in that Starbucks? Poor people eat and drink there all the time. Poor people spend money on all kinds of things … iPhones, Xboxes, expensive cars… coffee is no exception.

    • Maybe DCUSA should be responsible for the BID?

    • It is if you are sitting on your a$$ blogging based on ignorant stereotypes

  • Seriously – why piss in a bus shelter when there is a perfectly good – and very well used urinal – just 20 feet away behind the Metro station by the bike racks?

  • I get that the odour was unpleasant but try to be empathic. If you’re homeless, it’s probably not as easy as 1-2-3 to step into a shower and clean up. Maybe they already feel shame or a lack of dignity. Having people move away or hold their nose or whatever (not saying you did any of these things) has just got to make you feel worse. With summer heating up, it’s only going to smell worse.

    • I agree – it’s not the homeless that are responsible for the majority of the trash. It’s people with no mannerr, or people who want to give a big F-U to the rest of society.

  • austindc

    Before we jump to conclusions mat, how do we know this isn’t the work of just one dude who pounded like six mochas and a coke, then in an altered state just wandered away, leaving his brown bag behind? And who knows that is in that bag! I don’t want to start rumors, but I’m thinking it’s treasure.

  • Reminds me of the National Mall after the Earth Day concert ends.

  • When I saw the title for this post, I thought someone was complaining about the bus stop at Georgia and Missouri Ave! That place is absolutely grosstastic.

    • Same thing with the bus stop at Sherman & Lamont… so much broken glass, thrown out furniture, etc. You never know what you’re going to get….

  • As someone who spends a depressing amount of time at this bus stop, this is what it usually looks like. Every day a new adventure!

  • jim_ed

    I can empathize. My main bus stop is at 8th and H NE, home of not one, but two carryouts. Waiting for the bus Saturday morning I laughed to myself that a picture of the graffiti tagged riot shutters and mounds of trash would make someone unfamiliar with the neighborhood think I live in 1970s south Bronx rather than one of the hottest real estate strips in the country.

  • The only thing you can (try to) do about litter is call and email everyone that’s remotely involved. Take photos and have specific dates and locations. Here’s a list to start (or just email them all)…

    Jim Graham ([email protected]; who should be able to put you in touch with the Green Team for CH–there was/is supposed to be one)
    DC DPW ([email protected])
    DC Clean City ([email protected] or 202 724-8967; should be able to work on enforcement/education)
    Juan Camilo Barragan (Ward 1 Liaison from Executive Office of the Mayor 202-538-0313 or [email protected])
    Submit 311 requests
    Get in touch with the businesses that are responsible for the trash

    …and FOLLOW UP to make sure things happen. There’s no one-stop shop, and it’s going to take some energy. I’ve had varying levels of success in the past (more trashcans installed, clean-ups, etc.); but sometime it’s just easier to pick up litter yourself (for example, I do on my residential block…though I realize that’s different from the scenario in the OP). Good luck.

  • Was there ever an arrest made from when the thug beat up a guy for calling him out on littering near 14th and W?

  • The two block stretch on 14th St. from Columbia to Kenyon has some of the worst trash issues in the city. A reader just ranted the other day about how much trash they picked up in one block along Irving St. during their morning commute. I suspect it is going to get a lot worse with the opening of Z burger.

    • orderedchaos

      Z Burger: Coming Summer 2011!

    • Yep, Z-burger is going to take it to a whole new level.

      There should be a responsibility of local businesses who’s trash is seen daily on the streets to support clean up efforts. Heck the new small business DC Renyolds on Georgia in Park View sponsored a neighborhood clean up less than a month after opening and they don’t even have litter leaving the premises!

  • Its actually pretty amazing. After 8 years in Parkview, we moved to Takoma Park MD. People just don’t litter here and all of the sidewalks and streets are clean. Imagine that? People actually use the trash cans and also don’t seem to need to spit all of the time either. Kookie!

  • re: Formng a BID. actually there may not be enough businesses willing to form a BID. People always think this is the solution to all commercial strip problems. Just some info: BIDS cannot be mandated by the City. The businesses have to vote and 51% must agree to pay an additional tax (often for things that the City should already be covering with taxes); taxing often based on sq ft so yes, DC USA (the owner of the entire mall, not just target) would be one owner. Businesses like Target already give MILLIONS to crap in columbia heights every year to support local schools, that crap fountain etc, so its not surprising they arent jumpng at the chance to spend more money. Many BIDS fail within two years. They need to generate at least a million in revenue to do anything worthwhile and most of the small, latino businesses north of tivoli probably don’t have the money to add any more taxes to their burden. And lets cut the politically correct crap, yes, the more public housing you have the more problems (both crime and nuisance)…the income mix is a disaster. the amount of trash around the metro exit at potbelly is disgusting. I don’t think I realized how nasty ass CH was until I moved over to Petworth last year. So please, don’t go blaming Target cause you can’t get a BID to do the shit the City should already be handlling.

    • Agreed. A business has actually already “improved the district” by opening and operating. They pay taxes to finance city services like trash removal. This immediate area is one of the trashiest places in the city not because there are so many places to buy trash generating things (starbucks, fro-yo, chips, sodas etc.) but because trashy people throw trash on the ground.

      We certainly have enough juvenile & minor offenders in this city that there should be work crews out every day cleaning things up.

      • Amen Victoria! Get the juvenile offenders who we don’t want to punish to start cleaning up (much of their own) the street litter.

  • This is the exact reason that I want to get out of Columbia Heights. It was great when they first fixed it up but now it’s literally disgusting. Trash everywhere and the stench of urine in several different places. It’s sad because it is supposed to be a nice neighborhood that they spent so much money on but in the last two years, it’s just gotten worse and worse and there is no end in sight. It doesn’t even matter if you go out and pick up trash yourself. In less than an hour, it will be covered in trash again. It certainly doesn’t help that the sidewalks are disgusting and covered with black gum and crap. Sadly, I don’t think anything is ever going to change.

    • P.S. I don’t get what kind of person would pay so much for a condo in this area just to live around the filth.

      • The reason to be buy a condo is CH is access to nightlife. Proximity to the metro and downtown. Also the there a lot of new developments in the area, improving your chances of your property value to increase. Yeah, and its affordable without moving to NE.

        • You can spend as much as you want on a fancy condo for convenience and supposed future development but you’re still living in a trashy neighborhood with quite a bit of crime. Just my opinion. After all the work that they put in, it’s sad to see it going down hill.

    • Agreed. The light yellowish color of the brick sidewalks with a poor choice. The sidewalks are disgusting. I’ve never seen so many black gum spots anywhere else. Huge shame.

  • There needs to be better cleanup in this area, in order to not only clean the space but to prevent more litter from accumulating. A lot of the data on littering patterns shows that people are more likely to litter if there is already litter present, and less likely to litter on a clean or tidy surface.

    It amazes me how there are always fast food bags, newspapers, cups, cartons, etc on the ground near the Metro. This area can be interesting without being a haven for litter.

  • My first instinct was to remark at how unbelievable it is that so much negative and judgmental verbiage would be directed towards what clearly appears to be a single paper bag with trash whose contents spilled out – as opposed to a consistent pattern of different people dropping trash in the same spot. But then I thought about it for a second and realized that it’s not that unbelievable given the pattern of posting on this forum.

    • No idea what you are trying to say. But the verbiage is about trash. It’s bad. Certain types of people litter – others don’t.

      • This thread is NOT about trash. Like so many other PoP posts, people take it as a launching pad to rail against low-income housing, “welfare mothers”, and “thugs”. Way to go with the euphemisms people. Absolutely sickening.

    • Truly? You would look at that picture and choose to believe that a single bag tipped over, depositing all of that on the ground?

      How do you explain that 3 of the 7 cups landed perfectly upright and balanced? Oh, I get it!

      Perhaps the person who accidentally dropped the bag valiantly began righting the cups and trying to clean up, but just then the bus arrived. Rather than be late to the meeting that they had just bought breakfast for (and tragically and embarrassingly dropped), they hopped on the bus to be whisked away. The cups remained behind, fighting entropy and the wind.

      Oh, wait. No, that didn’t happen at all.

      Your comments are growing increasingly fantastical. You were much more realistic a few years ago.

  • Unfortunately, the area around Target is becoming a dump. Shame on Target and the businesses for not doing more. Columbia heights needs a partnership between the city and the businesses in the area. Trash collection seems to never take place around the Tivoli Square. Trash cans are ALWAYS full.

    • Columbia Heights already HAS “a partnership between the city and the businesses in the area.” Businesses hire (by paying taxes) the city to pick up trash. We can argue that there should be more taxes, or more taxes for heavy litter-generating businesses like Starbucks & 7-11 – we can demand that our city services improve their performance. We can choose to pay more taxes ourselves for housing more smelly bus-stop hobos. We have lots of options.

      • Property owners are responsible for keeping the area between their property line and the street clear of litter. I’m responsible for the sidewalk and treebox in front of my house. Target and DCUSA are responsible for the same thing outside their business.

        Now, the city is responsible for emptying the public trash cans and sweeping the streets, and maybe they aren’t doing a good job either, but Target and DCUSA have a responsibly beyond paying taxes.

  • Need to enforce the anti-littering laws on the books. My understanding is that those tickets are not cheap. DC police should take this one on.

    • I think you’re right but instead of making people pay fines, they should consider making them clean up the neighborhood for like four hours on Saturday or Sundays wearing a bright orange shirt that says “I am trashy and threw trash on the ground” or something equally embarrassing. I feel like public humiliation is a much more effective way of solving this problem. Just a thought though…

  • The statements that say it’s a reflection of the people who live in the neighborhood, considering it’s at the bus stop, that would suggest it’s people on the move, not necessarily residents. The statements that this is done by poor people, not necessarily true. People who litter are people who don’t show respect for things and/or people. It’s making a statement of “I don’t care.” This can be done at any economic level and I think it’s insulting to think it is primarily a poor-person phenom. It also happens when people feel entitled and can do what they please and that can happen at any step on the economic ladder. This issue isn’t about class, it’s about respect or the lack thereof.

  • Used to think I wanted to buy in Columbia Heights, now hell no! It has gotten so much dirtier over the past year or so that being around night life and all isn’t worth it. When I save up enough money to get out of here I am moving to MD.

  • saf

    Call 311.

    Clear Channel is supposed to clean those stops as part of their remarkably underpriced deal to advertise in the bus stops. They do a shitty job. (They are also supposed to regularly clean wayfinding signs and Heritage Trail signs. They don’t do that either.)

    So call 311 and help attempt to hold them to the terms of their contract.

  • Those dirty poors! Seriously, it’s called city living. You’re not entitled to immaculate surfaces at all times. Get past it or move to the suburbs.

    • Great reply – so witty and helpful!

    • City living also means crime, which I will be sure to remind you of if you ever get assaulted or your place broken into.

      In any case, the notion that filth is just an inevitiable part of city living is ridiculous. Go to Georgetown or Cleveland Park and see how much trash there is. Or, hell, any number of cities in Scandinavia or Germany.

      • Hell, I was recently in the capital of Rwanda (Kigali) and the place was much cleaner than DC!

        • That’s because President Kagame has been increasingly autocratic enforcing archaic penalties for littering and city cleanliness. It’s the Singapore model.

  • The area around low income buildings is pretty well kept, the area around Donatelli Buildings is a dump. So its the fault of low income people? Huh? I wonder then how the generally grappy condition at the 11th & Park Metro Dog Park gets explained?

    What we are seeing is the direct results of the pay-to-play corruption in Ward 1 political circles which underlies the type of corrupt Gentrification we are now seeing in the city. In other words, what you are seeing is the result of the type of civic thinking generally supported here on “Prince of Petworth”, bar stool civics. Where any efforts for true civic accountability are seen as NIMBYism and anti-business.

    Donatelli Development is such a clear examble how we got here. Donatelli pay-to-play with CM Graham. In return Donatelli is let out of it’s civic responsibilities and community agreements. Graham then uses earmarks and special favors to buy the silience of as many civic and social organizations as possible. Donatelli pockets public resources which should be going to maintenance among other things. And the new civics gets to become going to your favorite bar, flipping real estate and blaming the other.

    The picture is a reflection and result of the policies often supported here. Looking in the mirror is not always pretty is it.

    • Your tin foil hat is clearly on too tight.

      Obviously folks like Donatelli love the trash and don’t care about it because it is a good marketing play to help them rent those $1900 one bedroom apartments.

      I see the employees of The Heights picking up trash on the sidewalk from the metro down to their restaurant, I see employees of Kenyon SQ and the Donatelli Apts sweeping up the sidewalk, and watering the street trees all the time.

      The problem is there are ten people right behind them throwing more on the ground.

      The folks who are going to every length here to deflect the blame from the obvious source obviously don’t spend any time in Columbia Heights because simply walking the stretch of 14th from Giant to the Metro will illuustrate just how wrong you are.

      • Donatelli has learned that he can rent luxury apartments with a minimal investment of effort, well short of their commitment. And that with the right pay-to-play they will not be held accountable for not doing their part. Clearly, what they are doing is inadequate, and they are responsible or irresponsible. They knew building at the Metro would require special effort.

        Again, just compare the areas around buildings. They are by far the worst developer/corporate citizens. And constantly making excuses for Donatelli is a significant part of the problem. My point is that they are the same as the people who throw the trash. POP Gentrification is just is ghetto as ghetto, it’s not so much income as a state of mind. Maybe some of my tin foil has covered your eyes.

    • The area around public housing – at least Columbia Heights Village apartments – is generally clean because there is a hired service of very hardworking Latino groundskeepers who sweep and clean up every day and pick up the enormous amount of garbage around the dumpster generated by residents who either toss the bags haphazardly over the wall, or sent their little kids out with the garbage. The kids, scared of the rats and unable to get close enough without stepping over all the other garbage, just drop the bags beside the dumpster.

      There is another hired guy who comes with a truck to haul away all the furniture that is dumped.

      • So Donatelli, needs to do the same as the other buildings. In fact Donatelli has a responsibility to do so. Basically, they have found a way to leverage racial, cultural and economic baises along with pay-to-play to to the CM to duck their responsibilities. Guess it’s good deal with you can get it.

      • Glad they have someone cleaning up/hauling away but on the other hand it is just plain SAD

    • I can’t speak to all of the low income residences, but CHV is relatively clean only because they have staff who come by twice a day to clean it. There is a subset of residents who dump trash all over the place.

  • To anyone saying this is poor people doing this… there are a bunch of Starbucks cups… now, I don’t know about all poor people but spending $3-7 on a coffee is not something poor people have the ability to do… this is just as much a rich thing as it is a poor thing.

    • Yeah… just like having iphones isn’t something that poor people are capable of…

    • You clearly don’t live in Columbia Heights if you think that the only people who patronize Starbucks, Chipotle, 5 Guys, Fro-Zen-Yo, Tasti-D-lite, Panda Express, the Giant prepared foods bar, 7-11, etc. are living in $700k condos. It’s not like being poor automatically translates into wise financial decisions – often, just the opposite.

      People who are heavily invested in their neighborhoods (whether through high mortgages or high rent) aren’t likely to treat the world as their trashcan.

      • Why should someone feel highly invested in “their” neighborhood when many people (quite a few of them on this blog actually) constantly express frustration with them being there? Neighborhood “worth” is determined by how quickly those who should be invested in the neighborhood leave. Seems like a lot of folks want these ppl to respect the very neighborhoods they’re not welcomed in.

        • You’ve failed to acknowledge the fact that the reason they are NOT wanted is because they don’t have respect for their neighborhood, and it is evident in the way they treat it. The desire for them to be gone is born out of that fact, and not the reverse.

      • Many of the people purchasing things at starbucks, 5 guys, etc.. – are those who do not live in homes with kitchens like those in >$500,000 units.

      • Actually that’s not true… the real case is that the garbages at that stop, I pass it everyday coming out of the metro, are constantly overflowing because the city doesn’t put money into taking care of the overflowing trash cans… I agree poor people tend to litter more than people of higher income and that reason is because they tend to have less invested in their community…. however, I DO live in Columbia Heights, and I can tell you there are quite a few low income people who have much better taken care of houses/rentals, cars, yards, etc than other areas in the city. I would say your argument is valid but ultimately wrong. I see rich little kids littering all the time, I see jerks on the Hill smoking cigars and throwing them out on the ground, or spitting their gum out, or leaving starbucks cups on the steps of the Capitol. It isn’t as simple as saying, “Poor people litter.” Ill behaved people are the ones who litter and there are plenty of ill behaved rich people.

        • Thank you for pointing out the trash can situation. I was in Columbia Heights around 9 PM one night and ended up taking my trash home with me because the cans were all overflowing. Fro-yo containers and Starbucks cups were all over the sidewalk, but often it was because they would simply tumble out of the overflowing cans. Some people are not going to be willing to carry their trash with them….

    • Right. And they don’t buy cigarettes, either.

  • lol @ “thugs” drinking starbucks.

  • I think the responsibility for the dirtiness of the area around the Metro cuts across class/income lines. The condo-dwellers sure did a good job killing all of the plants on Irving with their dogs’ piss.

    • The firemen on Newton are responsible for a patch of grass this is soaked in urine from dogs that live in the Allegro.

    • I live on Irving and have no idea what you are talking about. What specific areas do you think were killed by dog pee?

  • Interesting anecdote to stereotyping litterers. I live in Petworth and next door in the alley is a basketball hoop. Kids/teens play at it regularly and often have sodas, chips, etc. Several months ago, the man living in the house next door (a section 8 rental) by the way was pissed that the kids kept leaving their trash, so he locked up the net to the hoop and told them to stop leaving their trash in our alley! He kept it locked up for at least a week or two. Kids kept coming by to see if it was unlocked; did not leave any trash while walking by. Finally, my boyfried asked him if maybe it was okay to unlock it now, so he did. Hardly any more food/drink/candy trash in our alley now.

    • That does not compute in PoPville. Poor people are genetically unable to care about their environment. That computes here.

      And instead of taking another decade to help bring about culture change, it is best just to move out the inferiors.

  • Has anyone walked past Park Morton on a Sunday? Makes that bus station look like Gstaad.

  • In Tokyo, Japan, they removed a lot of their trash bins mainly as an anti-terrorism measure. The never reinstalled them I think because they found savings in not having to maintain them. But they don’t have issues with people throwing trash on the ground either. Maybe they have less public trash because people are accustomed to taking it home and managing it themselves. I’ve wondered what would happen if we did that here in the U.S. . Somehow I doubt we’d be as responsible.

    • I may be wrong, but I believe it is also less common to walk while eating or drinking in Japan… that would also significantly reduce the amount of trash generated.

  • How long have you lived here? Columbia Heights has already had some serious gentrification. Where do you think all the new apartments and the big box stores came from?

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