Reader Mail: Street Cleaning

no-parking-tuesday.jpgHere’s another reader mail. This time, Chris expresses his dissatisfaction with the quality of our street sweepers (both vehicular and manual).

“Dear Editor,

I’ve noticed on several occasions the street sweepers going buy and one time I was with a friend who coincidentally use to operate a street sweeper. I said to him, how does that machine work, it seems like it just scrapes the ground and zips away not doing anything. He told me that at the rate of speed the machine was going it wasn’t doing anything at all. He said that the machine is designed in such a way that you can not go fast. This got me all fired up because I always see these machines going at a pretty quick rate of speed each time they go buy so in essence this guy isn’t actually doing his job at all and the streets aren’t any cleaner. I essentially just saw wasted tax dollars zipping by.

street-sweeper-uk.gifAlso, you ever see the street cleaners that walk around with those metal tin can garbage cans that look like they are from 1982 and the rickety carts that they wheel the cans around in? Can someone please buy these guys some new gear?? I see tons of brand new Ford Escape parking utility cars driving around that I’m sure aren’t cheap. I’m sure the city can find a couple of bucks to buy the proper equipment for these guys to do their jobs. The streets in this town are disgusting.”

Up by where I live, I don’t think they do such a bad job, but I certainly agree with those rickety metal garbage cans on wheels. Something out of the Flinstones! Look at this pimped out rig that this guy in the UK has. Man, I’m jealous!

Hey, at least we don’t have Boy George cleaning our streets!

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56 Comments on "Reader Mail: Street Cleaning"


nihil72
Member
9 years 5 months ago

[quote comment=”21418″]has anyone noticed the pattern of graffiti aka ‘taggers’ down 3rd street the past few months? I have had to clean spray paint off my garages twice alone this past month and always see my neighbors out doing the same thing.

once was annoying enough…. but lately it seems every time we clean it they deliberately do it again. is there any solution? anyone else have this problem in their areas in town? or is it just the mcdonalds crime super highway pouring down my block?

i am so frustrated, I never thought I would be an ace at cleaning graffiti. WTF???[/quote]

Do you live between Garden and Park? Because I have noticed it there on a couple of garage doors. I wonder if photographing it would be of any use.

potatochip
Member
9 years 5 months ago

has anyone noticed the pattern of graffiti aka ‘taggers’ down 3rd street the past few months? I have had to clean spray paint off my garages twice alone this past month and always see my neighbors out doing the same thing.

once was annoying enough…. but lately it seems every time we clean it they deliberately do it again. is there any solution? anyone else have this problem in their areas in town? or is it just the mcdonalds crime super highway pouring down my block?

i am so frustrated, I never thought I would be an ace at cleaning graffiti. WTF???

nihil72
Member
9 years 7 months ago

[quote comment=”12970″]Nihil72
You know I was being sarcastic right? I’m still bitter :-)about the whole noise post a couple of weeks back. The people here who say “If you want quiet, move to the suburbs” are the exact same people who want clean streets, scumbag-free fast food joints, teenager-free washington st. etc. hypocrisy abounds.[/quote]

Actually, I wasn’t clear on that. There’s so much of the “if you don’t like it, leave” attitude on this board that I may have lost my ability to tell when it’s being said in jest. Apologies if I overreacted.

Or was this the sarcastic post?

🙂

Trail of Dead
Member
Trail of Dead
9 years 7 months ago

Nihil72
You know I was being sarcastic right? I’m still bitter :-)about the whole noise post a couple of weeks back. The people here who say “If you want quiet, move to the suburbs” are the exact same people who want clean streets, scumbag-free fast food joints, teenager-free washington st. etc. hypocrisy abounds.

nihil72
Member
9 years 7 months ago

[quote comment=”12607″]Oh, and if you don’t want to see “animals”, and “low-life scum” eating at McDonald’s, move to the fucking suburbs. If you think McDonald’s should burn, you really really need to see a psychiatrist, before you get in trouble.

/Tonic Sucks[/quote]

Man, you really come up with some gems. I love the notion that some people seem to have that living in a city should necessarily entail having to put up with filth, noise, boorishness, etc. Some people actually seem to revel in the notion that they are able to “survive” life in a city. The idea that you don’t mind living in filth or surrounded by noisy, drunken jackasses is not a sign that you’re a survivor, it’s a sign that you have low standards. There are some cities, believe it or not, in which the citizens actually take pride in the cleanliness of their streets and generally pleasant atmosphere. I’m not sure why anyone would think that not living in filth is somehow a suburban (and therefore inherently evil) quality, but it happens to appeal to a lot of urbanites as well.

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