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  • #450337

    lifeontwowheels
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    I can talk to buffalos said:
    Arguably, many of “your” neighborhoods were not “yours” to begin with. You can’t expect to change people who have been living a certain way for years. Do you think “messy neighbors” are going to disappear? Or just migrate?

    So we just ignore public nuisance or, worse, public health issues?

    Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want some Neighborhood Nazi peering over my fence and calling code enforcement because my grass is 2.4 centimeters too high because I happened to work 3 doubles that week. But if there is a legitimate health concern from piles of trash or hazards from paint, batteries and so on should it just be ignored?

    #450338

    SusanB
    Participant

    I can talk to buffalos said:
    If I knew well in advance that my neighbors were going to be messy, I would:
    A) Not move to a place where I knew ahead of time that my neighbors were going to be messy
    B) Not move there and then complain about it. For the most part, you pretty much know what you’re getting into when you move into a place (in my experience). If someone’s yard had “been like that for years,” that should be a key factor in your decision to not move into said place.

    That attitude is rather elitist. Not everyone can afford to live in VV, GV, etc. It allows the city and others to ignore/downgrade services to poor neighborhoods (like when the boys of Ganthers Place were told by the police to move instead of combating their crime problem). That attitude is a varient of blaming the victim and is fairly widespread in the “tonier” areas of town. Boo.

    #450339

    My point is that as much as it would be dandy for everyone to do what they are supposed to do, I’m looking at this as realistically as possible. You are not going to eliminate the problem, you are only going to move it elsewhere and ruin it for someone else. Neighborhoods may change over time, but the people living in those neighborhoods don’t.

    #450340

    SusanB said:

    I can talk to buffalos said:
    If I knew well in advance that my neighbors were going to be messy, I would:
    A) Not move to a place where I knew ahead of time that my neighbors were going to be messy
    B) Not move there and then complain about it. For the most part, you pretty much know what you’re getting into when you move into a place (in my experience). If someone’s yard had “been like that for years,” that should be a key factor in your decision to not move into said place.

    That attitude is rather elitist. Not everyone can afford to live in VV, GV, etc. It allows the city and others to ignore/downgrade services to poor neighborhoods (like when the boys of Ganthers Place were told by the police to move instead of combating their crime problem). That attitude is a varient of blaming the victim and is fairly widespread in the “tonier” areas of town. Boo.

    It’s not elitist. There are other options. Many, many other options.

    #450341

    melody8786
    Member

    So update…..the service request was closed two days ago. “Issue Resolved” and literally the trash from July 1st is still outside. Guess I know who I will be calling Monday morning!

    #1043931

    christylwilliams
    Participant

    Just another Tuesday morning in OTE after trash pickup.

    – 311 says that garbage truck drivers aren’t allowed to get out of the truck…
    – The terrible absentee landlord (ahem Townhomes Management) says that they can’t be held responsible for their tenants’ actions…
    – The tenants never bag their trash and constantly overfill the dumpster…

    So the neighbors are the ones stuck picking it up every week (I’ve seen things I’ll never unsee). I mean, is this not a society? Can the city garbage trucks just throw trash on the street and force the neighborhood to pick it up? Can shitty landlords just ignore their problem tenants? Can tenants just throw loose garbage wherever they want? It’s anarchy!

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    #1043939

    Alex Silbajoris
    Participant

    Do the lids on the big cans blow open in the wind? Our neighborhood has the 90-gallon cans and those lids flip up in a 30-mph wind. Then I’m cleaning the neighbors’ dryer sheets and junk mail out of my gardens, but I can’t really blame the neighbors.

    #1043962

    Pro Se
    Participant

    Not to derail Christy but, the garbage aside, you’ve got a very charming old world alley behind your home! I can certainly understand why you’d want to keep it clean.

    #1043965

    Alex Silbajoris
    Participant

    The brick is tough to sweep clean because of the uneven surface. You could go crazy with a straight broom and dustpan, and go cleaning out the gaps row by row. You could do a perfect job of it, and need to do it again in a week or two.

    #1043968

    rory
    Participant

    I’d call 311 and request more dumpsters. It cuts way down on the overspill. Our trash guy said he likes half-filled dumpsters because they don’t spill all over the street. If there are more dumpsters people can’t/don’t fill them as full. It works in our neighborhood even when people don’t bag the stuff.

    #1043969

    OneBagTravel
    Participant

    That video is nuts. I wish you the best of luck. Only a true degenerate would treat their neighborhood like that.

    #1044094
    Rusty1
    Rusty1
    Participant

    Glad something is being done.

    #1044157

    christylwilliams
    Participant

    Spoke at length to a staff member at Refuse Department today. He confirmed that it’s been an ongoing problem on that corner for a long time and I’m not the only one who’s complained. He said the property owner whose tenants aren’t following the rules will be held responsible, which is music to my ears, actually. No more free passes to absentee slumlords who don’t live anywhere near here and could care less what happens.

    On a side note, I’ve been thinking about a neighborhood-wide initiative to transition OTE & FP from dumpsters to cans.
    – Single family homes getting the large cans
    – Apartments of 4 or less getting a small can per unit
    – Apartments of 4+ requiring a dedicated dumpster for

    I understand there are positives and negatives to both. I’d be very interested in feedback from the CU community on pros and cons to cans vs dumpsters.

    #1044260
    Anne Evans
    Anne Evans
    Keymaster

    I would like the city to ask their workers to take initiative and call in the bulk pickups when they see them. They are the ones who are seeing the trash by dumpsters every week, after all. Why can’t people actually care about stuff? I’m sure they have radios on their trucks, why can’t they just radio it in?

    We have an apartment building by our house and it has a dumpster. We have random people coming and just dumping their crap next to the dumpster (they never put it in!) and leaving it sit. This crap will sit and sit until I go put it in the dumpster or call it in. I guess people are just afraid to touch it? ??

    A mattress was dumped over the summer and it took 5 (FIVE!!!) weeks for the 311 line to get it picked up. Disgusting.

    Thank you Christy for being a caring neighborhood person who picks shit up. I wish the neighborhood didn’t require a person cleaning up after other adults.

    #1044262

    Pro Se
    Participant

    I like the big cans in my alley Christy. They help with my own large/awkward/excessive garbage from time to time.

    I’ve picked up my share of garbage in the neighborhood as well (East High students do their fair share of littering) but my thinking is you need another can to stop the overflow. I’m not surprised at the mess that was made given your before pictures. Maybe more cans will spread the use. Of course, it may have the opposite effect of encouraging more illegal dumping (as there will be more space) but you can see how it plays out.

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