Health & Environment

Think We Need More Barrels? Part Deux

It’s a new week and the same old problem. In what is now a series, “Think We Need More Barrels?” Mary McGee brings us Part Deux with the following lovely scene Monday morning on the corner of Snow Hill and Hull Streets. She asks, “Wouldn’t you love to have one of these on your block?”

See last week’s edition. Keep ’em coming …

16 Replies to “Think We Need More Barrels? Part Deux

  1. I don’t think the barrel they put at the corner of salem and charter is a good idea. It should be put closer to the Copps Hill Cemetery or nearer to the Old North Church not were it is now. With all these barrels and garbage we will never get rid of RATS, MICE, cockeroaches and etc. What a shame in all my life I have never seen the NOrth End so dirty. I have always follow the rules for the garbage why can’t other people do the same. My home has gone. Thank you Angela

  2. I agree with Angela. I think the “Big Belly” trash cans would even more effective. These would drastically help prevent rodents from accessing the garbage and keep the streets cleaner. If we are going to install more trash cans, why not these?

    1. cost? takes up too much room on the sidewalk? nobody cleans them so they can get really gross? Good questions for the mayoral and city council candidates!

  3. I think we should have cameras in all problem areas of the North End, this way we can determine if it is
    tourists or residents, and then the fine should be so outrageous, these people will think twice before
    they trash our neighborhood again. I realize if it is tourists that is going to be extremely hard to track
    them down, but judging the way our streets look, I think they are residents. The City is taking in
    great revenue and why not spend the money on trying to track down these culprits. The Greater the
    fine, the Greater the results. People only get away with what you allow them to get away, it is as simple
    as that.

    1. An easier/cheaper solution is to have the inspectors look through the black bags (that are clearly from someone’s apartment) and find an address to ticket them. As someone who sees bags left out at the wrong days/times and put in trash barrels all the time, I see the inspectors WAY too infrequently.

  4. Perfect sense if the goal is to waste money! I mean have you thought this through! First you would have to buy and install the cameras in the so called problem areas, which would be in the thousands. Next you have to hire so one to monitor the cameras. Then you have to have someone go and investigate these issues all of which cost money. So I for one think its absurd because I don’t see the City ever even breaking even on this. I’d much rather the city’s resources going to actual crime like shootings and stabbings, but hey what would I know.

    1. The City is on an all time high. They can more than afford the cameras and even if they were
      to monitor what is going on for a short time, it would be a help. The cameras should be in
      problem areas, which means trash, noise, vandalism, as well as CRIME. There are still a lot of unemployed
      people and this could be a plus for them. If this is too expensive for the City to purchase they
      can rent them. Were there is a will there is a way. How is the City managing the cameras they
      have in different parts of the city now?

      1. Where is this all time high you speak of? Is there some surplus that we don’t know about. I’m sorry but trash, noise, and vandalism isn’t the same as murder, stabbing and assaults. And out of curiosity how would they go about renting the camera’s. I meant the camera’s still have to be mounted some where it isn’t cheap. As for the monitoring even if the were to see some one doing something wrong it would still take hours if not days for them to figure out who this person is and appropriately ticket them. I am sorry but that is a waste of the city’s time and resources

        1. Are you kidding me? Boston has one of the best economies in the country,
          according to Menino, we are not comparing CRIME TO trash & noise and we never
          did, but don’t tell me there are no solutions to these problems, because there are
          and I mentioned Cameras and the City can more than afford it. I can’t believe you
          haven’t seen this. Look at the Seaport, Boston is bigger than ever & still going,
          and will be going for a long time.

    2. Just fine the address where the trash appears, whether it’s theirs or not Building owners will amazingly begin to police it themselves and those that are absentee’s will make more of an effort to make sure they take care of their own sidewalk.

      I’m a building owner and if someone was leaving trash in front of my building that was not mine, I’d find a way to determine who it was…cameras, etc…whatever it took.

      1. And then what? There is no way I want to “police it” myself. Even if I were able to figure out the source, what am I going to do? Go over there, press the buzzer and confront whoever comes to the door about it? Maybe if you’re a burly guy who doesn’t mind a fight, but for me? Ridiculously unsafe. Code enforcers should be the ones opening bags, looking for mail with a name and address on it and delivering the fine to the perpetrator.

        1. How’s that been working so far? No need for confrontation…just clean up what’s in front of your property whether you put it there or not.

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