A recent City Paper story, which we can’t believe we missed nearly two months ago, found that the city would have to spend only $3 million a year to clean every street twice a month.
That’s a surprisingly little amount, but the article suggested that cost was less of a factor in restoring the service than that old bugaboo, parking. Monthly street sweeping was suspended gradually over the years after many residents complained about excessive parking tickets, and some areas flat out failed to comply.
But we can surely all agree that litter is a huge problem, so maybe it’s time to revisit this issue. Take our poll and we’ll pass the results along to Councilmen Mark Squilla and Kenyatta Johnson:
The City Paper’s story is fantastic. It checks in with what they’re doing in Baltimore (not issuing tickets for those who don’t move their cars) and weighs the issue of organized labor into the discussion. The whole thing is worth a read here.
Even if the city did restart sweeping, do you think your neighbors would go along with it?