Monday, June 14, 2010
Is the City of Minneapolis Contributing to Litter at Vacant Houses?
Post and photos by the Hawthorne Hawkman
Regular JNS readers will know that litter at vacant houses is kind of a pet peeve of mine. It's wasteful, it contributes to blight, it can be like a neon sign to copper thieves, drug users and sellers, prostitutes, johns, etc. that a place is not being watched. It's also inherently unfair to whomever has paid for the service.
Usually, my ire has been directed at phone books, or in one case, the New York Times. But on my way to work this morning, I noticed...
...USI Wireless doorhangers throughout the neighborhood. I'm not against flyering. Heck, I've got to do some of that to get people signed up for another CEE Energy Services workshop on June 29 at Farview Park (shameless plug). But just about every vacant house I drove past had at least one, sometimes two USI Wireless doorhangers. WHY?!
And what's especially disconcerting is that this is the city's own wireless program being promoted here. I'm sure that the fliers were left by some contractor several steps removed from direct city services. But still, the city ought to be more vigilant about their own contribution to litter at vacant properties.
I don't have time to make repeated rounds to vacant houses and pick these things up myself, so please, JNS readers, call USI Wireless at 952-253-3262 AND your city councilperson if you see these fliers at vacant properties in your neighborhood.
(second of two quick-hit JNS posts done over a lunch break.)