Written by Peter Gailunas
I’d never thought I’d say this but I miss street cleaning. I don’t miss the stress of trying to figure out whether this is the second or third Wednesday of the month or whether or not I’m parked on the right side but I do miss clean streets.
Have you noticed the condition of Southie’s streets lately? Trash strewn about in the streets and on the sidewalks. Clumps of old dead leaves and dirt in clusters in the gutters and blocking catch basins. It’s disgusting. We’ve noticed that Citizens Connect on Twitter has been filled with complaints about litter and debris in our neighborhood – clearly people are noticing. DPW (Department of Public Works) crews came out in full force with mini-street sweepers, leaf blowers and brooms on Friday morning. So my question is, why don’t we extend the street sweeping program by adding the months of March and December just like the North End and South End? Before you go crazy and say you hate street cleaning and the fear that you’ll forget and your car will get towed – think about it. Wouldn’t you rather have clean streets than live in filth?
We went the entire month of December without street cleaning and were left with streets and sidewalks in terrible condition. By adding the months of December and March it will make the Southie streets cleaner. While we’re on the subject, pitch in and take pride in our neighborhood. Sweep the streets in front of your homes and businesses. If you see trash on the ground, pick it up and throw it away.
What do you think, Southie? Do you think we should extend our street cleaning program to include March and December? Take our poll.