Commentary: A Dirty Little Problem

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, May 11, 2007

Granted, I’ve become just the teensiest bit anal about this piece of urban blight. I drive by it on my way to work every day. It’s the bus stop on 21st under the Capitol City freeway between W and X streets. A garbage can there had been overflowing for weeks when I first began writing about it for The Bee’s editorial page.

Prodded by pictures in the paper, the city cleaned up the mess. For a while things were better, but the trash began creeping back. It hasn’t quite reached the disgusting profusion of garbage that was there before, but it’s still pretty bad. And there’s a new problem. Somebody removed the trash can! For heaven’s sake, why?

This is a heavily used bus stop next to a state parking lot. A place where state workers drink their Starbucks and munch their breakfast burritos before taking shuttles to their downtown jobs. Now even if they wanted to discard soiled wrappers  into a proper receptacle, they can’t. Is anybody with the city listening? Please, clean it up, and bring back the trash can. 


Ginger Rutland writes for The Sacramento Bee opinion pages where this item was published May 10th. Someone was paying attention, because by the time Ginger went to work that morning, the trash can was back.