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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org along with the location where the pic(s) were taken and a few words of how you felt about seeing the sorry scene.)