Added Mar 20 2014
Just curious if anyone shares the observation that litter has gotten a lot worse in recent years in Lake View, why this might be, and (in the interest of positivity) what might be done about it? I'm talking about the side streets on both sides of Broadway, north of Belmont.
When I moved here 15 years ago I shared the oft-cited sentiment that "Chicago was one of the cleanest cities going, like NYC but much cleaner," etc. But no more. And I'm not talking about surprises that greet us when the snow melts - 12 months a year, beer bottles and cans remain in flower beds for days, condom wrappers in the gutters, of course, fast food wrappings and lotto tickets and Starbucks cups galore.
Thinking charitably, some of it may be blown out of the trash cans on street corners, parking receipts fallen out of cars, junk tipped out of dumpsters when the garbage trucks load them up - we are the "windy city" after all.
It's easy to blame apartment dwellers (and their visitors, and tourists) who aren't as invested in property values, but what I don't get are residences that are clearly private (and pricey) condos where trash remains on the front lawn or landscaping beds for days or weeks at a time. Many are the three- or six-flats that flew up after many private homes were torn down (but one building, with many, many more units on Aldine, is an offender as well). Are these owners busy professionals who don't give a hoot about community appearance? Folks who think "someone else will take care of it?" Are people so glued to their phones as they leave and return to their homes that they don't notice the trash?
Short of resurrecting "Give a hoot, don't pollute" signs, does anyone have concrete ideas about what can be done? While walking the dog I try to pick up larger items when I can. Not everyone has the interest or stomach for this, but it's something.
Just thinking out loud, and especially interested in ideas for moving forward, rather than kvetching.