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Chicago is a winner – in a morbid sort of way …

This post makes me a little queasy. 

On one hand, my son lives in Chicago and he and his girlfriend love it here. It’s truly one of America’s great cities. 

But while I hate to rag on the city “with broad shoulders,” I will – and will pile on in the process. 

A few days ago I came in praise of St. Paul at the expense of Charlotte in the sense of clean vs. messy. I said Charlotte would only win against Chicago, the next stop in my travels, in the cleanliness wars. And it does. Chicago is an absolute dung heap of epic proportions. 

There is debris and junk and litter seemingly everywhere. The proud metropolis is awash in its own filth. The streets and curbs are clogged with trash. What’s worse is no one seems to care let alone do anything about it. This may all stem from the Windy City’s financial woes. It is in a fiscal bind and perhaps it doesn’t have the resources for civic upkeep. 

Still, citizens here would be well advised to take matters (and litter) into their own hands. Couldn’t individuals claim a square block to keep tidy? Surely that wouldn’t be too much to chew. As it stands now, however, they are gagging on junk. 

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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