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It’s not just my streets …

I’ve unloaded unmercifully on my Southpark neighborhood about trash, litter and the slobs who create such a mess. No apologies, however. It’s simply a recognition of reality.

In fairness though – and no doubt you have seen worse or as worse elsewhere every day with your own eyes – the slovenliness is not limited to my stylish, tony area. By no means is it limited to my route. It’s not just my streets. The litter stakes are larger and more widespread than that.

Stonewall Street in Uptown Charlotte is a popular gathering place for junk.

Stonewall Street in Uptown Charlotte is a popular gathering place for junk.

I’ve stooped to pick up and corral litter in a lot of places; Portland, Oregon, Chicago’s West Side, St. Paul, Minnesota, the high mountains of Wyoming and the Intracoastal waterways of the Carolinas to name several cities and remote locales in need of some pathway TLC. But I’m mostly concerned about cleanliness a little closer to home since I can help out at the individual level.

Recycling bins are only a few short feet away along the Light Rail tracks in Uptown.

Recycling bins are only a few short feet away along the Light Rail tracks in Uptown.

So I’m going to start to catalog the mess that is rampant elsewhere in Charlotte. I’m not telling you anything new or that you don’t already know. You see it, too; the soda bottles and fast food packaging, the beer cans and the newspaper blowing about, the bottle caps and drinking straws, the candy wrappers and cigarette debris, the polystyrene and pieces of smashed cars. Need I go on?

My Sharon View to Colony to Fairveiw to Sharon Road path is far, far, far from the only scene of trash trouble. Little is omnipresent along every stretch of every street and sidewalk.

The corridor along I-77 collects more than its share of little and junk.

The corridor along I-77 collects more than its share of litter and junk.

There’s no avoiding it. We have only to look as far as the next street and the one after that. You can close your eyes to it or look away. But the filthy, ugly environmental eyesores will still be there.

These photos are the first salvo in a city-wide expose’ of what’s out there but shouldn’t be. Of course, some might find such disturbing images as an embarrassment. That’s part of the point.

(If you have photos you want posted here, email those to me at david.bradley@yahoo.com along with the location where the pic(s) were taken and a few words of how you felt about seeing the sorry scene.)

About Dave Bradley (254 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.

1 Comment on It’s not just my streets …

  1. David this may be a good time to invest in an orange vest, a stick with a sharp point, and a large black baggie. Then enlist your friend to do the same and hit the streets. At least you’d get a nice walk out of the deal. Keep on them. Chapin

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