|Raking in the votes|
I've been quite vigilant about keeping the sidewalk clean in front of our place and 2 or 3 houses up and down either side. I'd do the whole block, but I feel too self-conscious. Some of the other neighbours are good about it, but a lot aren't and you have these long sections with strips of gravel and garbage. It really does look bad and encourages people to leave more garbage and not pick up their dog's remains.
On Saturday morning, I was coming home from dropping off some books at Chainon when I noticed some people up the street that looked like they were cleaning up the sidewalk. There were a few of them and it didn't appear to be just one neighbour cleaning out in front of his place. As I continued to look, I could swear that one of the people shovelling up garbage into a bag was Luc Ferrandez. I went up and discovered that it was indeed him, plus councilman Alex Norris and a handful of volunteers. They had started on St-Dominique, come across on Villeneuve and were now making their way down Rue Clark, filling heavy-duty garbage bags along the way.
Well I was quite impressed, I have to admit. I voted for these guys, but did not actually expect them to come out and clean up my block themselves!
I guess they felt the best way to deal with it was to just come out themselves, unannounced, and clean it up. There was no media or fanfare or anything. I get the sense that they are just as bothered about the garbage as I am.
I had a nice chat with Alex Norris (who commented on this blog last year). Turns out he is originally from the west coast himself. Thanked them for coming out and cleaning up and the work they are doing but said I would still be holding their feet to the fire if the need arose.
End result is that our street looks way, way better. Sadly, already someone let their dog shit on the tree square right in front of my house this morning. Looks like I'm going to have to bring out the big guns again. Must be a new person who doesn't realize they just put themselves on a list they really, really don't want to be on.
It's frustrating how so few of my neighbours are unlike the guy who got this little event to happen. You've got 6 units in most of the condos here. One person can't go out for an hour and clean up in front of their place? I can't just blame renters or students either, as there is a house of McGill students who when they saw me sweeping up a few weeks ago came out and cleaned up in front of their place. We pay a lot of taxes and the city has its responsibility that it doesn't always live up to, but it's really on you to maintain a certain amount of order in the area around where you live. Do we really have to wait for the mayor and his team to come and clean up in front of our houses?