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Disgusting Sanitary Conditions on Cooper Street [Commentary]

Please look at these disgusting sanitary conditions on Cooper Street. Theses photos were taken on March 30, 2013 in front of 17 and 19 Cooper Street. This is not the first instance for these two buildings. I have repeatedly observed food and bottles (meat, vegetables and fruit) being thrown out in paper bags in front of these buildings. I have had it with these two buildings. They need to be cited. I have also included additional photos taken of the gutter in front of 17 and 19 Cooper Street. Intolerable!!!!!!!!

Early this morning, I observed a rat eating something and as I approached the rat, saw that he was eating a roasted chicken disposed of in front of 19 Cooper Street. I scared the rat away and went home and got some rubber gloves and put the chicken back in it’s plastic container. As you can see from the photo, I put the chicken back into it’s plastic container. As I was doing so, several young people exited from 19 Cooper Street and looked at me as if I was crazy because of what I was doing, they shrugged their shoulders, looked down at me while I was bent over attempting to mitigate this disgusting sanitary situation and walked away. It is almost hopeless if we don’t educate the young folks on the seriousness of this and the many other issues we are faced with today in our neighborhood. Why can’t we have Inspectional Services doing a walk thru on the weekends for these kind of sanitary violations?

Please, also observe the filthy street conditions. Do we really have to live with these unsanitary street conditions for months on end? Isn’t there something we can do? I understand that during the winter months it is impossible to do mechanical street sweeping, but whatever happened to the person who use to clean when mechanical sweeping was not being done? The last person who did this cleaning was our own Bobby and he retired many years ago. We all know that this is a complex problem but we need to find a solution to these unsanitary conditions. For heaven sakes this is 2013!!!!!!! Many years ago when our neighborhood was considered one of the poorest in the city, we had cleaner streets, now it is one of the most affluent and it is the dirtiest! Somebody please, help, help!!!!

Regards,
Domenic Piso

[Ed: This letter was sent by its author to local elected officials at Boston’s City Hall and Public Works.]

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10 Replies to “Disgusting Sanitary Conditions on Cooper Street [Commentary]

  1. i live down the street on cooper and safe to say it is one of the grossest streets in the neighborhood. utter filth.

    1. I WAS BORN ON COOPER ST 1N 1928 AND LIVED IN THE NORTH END FOR MANY YEARS. I, AS MOST NORTHENDERS, WAS MOST PROUD WHEN I READ IN THE BOSTON DAILY RECORD NEWSPAPER(IN THE 1930’S)THAT THE NORTHEND WAS THE CLEANEST SECTION IN THE ENTIRE CITY OF BOSTON. AT THAT TIME THE NORTHEND WAS INHABITED ENTIRELY OF ITALIAN IMMIGRANTS AND THEIR MOSTLY AMERICAN-BORN CHILDREN.

  2. PRINCE STREET IS ANOTHER DISGUSTING STREET AND THEN FROM 196 ENDICOTT ST TO THE PARKING
    LOT IS ANOTHER DISGUSTING AREA. THESE PEOPLE THROW ACTUAL CARDBOARD BOXES OUT THE
    STREET AFTER TRASH TRUCKS LEAVE. LET US INVESTIGATE WHO THE OWNERS OF THESE DISGUSTING
    PROPERTIES WHO ARE TRASHING THE NEIGHBORHOOD, AND HIT THEM WITH BIG FINES, NOT THESE
    SLAP ON THE HAND FINES. HANOVER ST. SEEMS TO BE THE ONLY CLEAN ST. IN THE NORTH END, AND
    WE , THE OCCUPIED LANDLORDS HAVE TO SUFFER FOR WHAT THE “ABSENTEE LANDLORDS” REFUSE TO
    CORRECT. THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR FAR TOO MANY YEARS, LET US CORRECT THIS ONGOING PROBLEM
    BEFORE THE SUMMER COMES. MY CAR WIRES WERE EATEN BY RATS DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS.
    CITY & STATE OFFICIALS STEP UP TO THE PLATE & LET’S CORRECT THIS DISGUSTING SITUATION AND
    RAISE THE FINES, AND POSSIBLY FORCE THESE ABSENTEE LANDLORDS TO PUT CAMERAS OUTSIDE OF
    THEIR PROPERTIES TO FIND OUT WHO THE CULPRITS ARE. I DON’T WANT TO SUFFER FOR SOMEONE
    ELSE’S MISTAKES.

  3. A meeting with our City officials and Code Enforcement Officers is long overdue to address the trash issues in the North End. Much of these problems are caused by Absentee Landlords and/or Building Managers who are not visible on a daily basis to monitor their properties and tenants.

  4. I live on Prince Street, and you can not blame the tenants all the time. As a life long north ender, numerous days I place my trash out properly in black double ply trash bags only to have it SLASHED OPEN BY THE TRASH PICKERS. I understand that they may need the bottles or whatever is in the trash bags, but COME ON. RETIE THEM AND PUT THEM IN NEW TRASH BAGS. Why do I have to redo it in the morning when I am on my way to work. Place the blame on all absentee landlords, building managers, and TRASH PICKERS who do not live live here and do not care.

    1. for what it’s worth, we put just our returnables (not the rest of our recylables) out separately in clear plastic bags. the pickers can see them and just take the whole bag, without having to slash the other bags looking for the bottles and cans. we’ve been doing it for many years and it seems to work – we’ve never had an issue with our trash being opened.

  5. The trash pickers tear the bags open and leave a huge mess, and it is foul. There really is no way to curtail that activity unless they are cited for littering.

  6. FWIW, the (Asian) “trash pickers” I’ve seen have been very respectful of the garbage bags, re-closing the bags afterwards.
    On the other hand, I have seen this Caucasian couple on a few occasions completely go to town on a garbage bag, leaving everything all over the sidewalk.
    Not a race thing, but it may just be a case of a few bad apples making the majority of the mess.

  7. As a neighborhood we’re so fortunate to have 3 trash pickups per week. I think more people should get in the practice of putting their trash out the morning of trash collection to limit the number of garbage bags that can be rifled through.

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