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An embarrassment along South Blvd. in Charlotte…

It’s official; the 4500 block of South Blvd. in Charlotte is an embarrassment of plastic, polystyrene and other trash dumped by nitwits.

It’s the worst I’ve seen inside the city limits.

I thought I'd seen it all, but then there was this just off South Blvd. Had God damn stupid are we as a populace to allow this to happen, let alone not be picked up? It's a blight on our city.

I thought I’d seen it all, but then there was this just off South Blvd. How God damn stupid are we as a populace to allow this to happen, let alone not be picked up? It’s a blight on our city. This photo really doesn’t capture the scope of the debris field.

This came about because, rather than sit around waiting for a tire to be repaired at a local shop, I bolted for a quick walk out along South Blvd. It wasn’t meant to be an intentional walk to retrieve litter as my usual jaunts are.

But what I saw was appalling and God-awful. An embankment caked with debris of all sorts. There weren’t enough Harris Teeter bags in my pantry to collect all this junk. I’m sure there are plenty of other candidate locations if one looks hard enough (or perhaps we don’t need to look so hard). Funny that I stumbled across this sordid scene less than two minutes from the repair shop. If this heap of litter was found that quickly, how far away can other similarly embarrassing scenes be?

Somehow I don’t think this is the image of the Queen City our city fathers want to project or want impressionable visitors to see. Much of this nightmarish spectacle remains out of sight of those passing by at street level. For a lot of people, it’s out of mind, too.

About Dave Bradley (259 Articles)
I'm the one behind two totally unrelated blogs; one on 15 years of writing a weekly letter to my kids (plus other recipients), the other on my localized environmental responsibility. I'm a writer by trade and both endeavors are accepted practice for me. As for the letters, my adult children Ellen and Reid may have seen letters as corny at one point, but it's accepted practice for them, too, to find something in their mailbox other than bills and junk mail. Email and texting don't do a lot for me for a lot of different reasons. Snail mail has its place in the communicative world so as long as they keep selling stamps, I'm buying. As for 'Pick Up Your Path' and the environment, I advocate what citizens can do themselves to take a direct hand in their neighborhood environment. But Pick Up Your Path is also a general environmental blog. It may be largely about litter and trash, but both of those are just one element of the total environmental picture.

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