Usually on September 1st, we take and receive many photos of trash piles as the college students move-in. Remember last year when just walking down any North End sidewalk was impossible? (See Move In North End Trash Piles – September 2011 – They’re Here!)
Instead this year, we received a couple of emails complimenting the city and neighboring landlords on keeping the streets relatively clean. Fulton Street resident, Janet Gilardi, says, “This is a day to remember! This may be one of the first positive steps for a cleaner inner city.”
So, what changed? The city has a truck going around picking up furniture and trash piles. It went down nearly every street on Saturday and hopefully that will continue. Second, Citizens Connect is filled with “Student Move-In Issues” reports that appear to be directed toward Public Works. Third, enforcement personnel have been writing green tickets.
Of course, we found a few piles here and there, but nothing like in past years. It’s still early and more piles are likely to appear under the cloak of darkness. The photos below were taken at approximately 4pm on Saturday, September 1, 2012.