A North End resident, Barbara Dobry, shares this note and photo comparison on Saturday, December 28, 2013. Saturday is the one day of the week where residential trash is not supposed to be put out on the neighborhood streets.

She writes, “I had a few errands to run on Parmenter and Salem Streets. It is disheartening to see trash on the sidewalk on both streets on a Saturday afternoon. The worst trash site I noticed today was at a recent sidewalk memorial for Vittorio Recupero (one of our tailors here in the North End) who had died on November 19th. What a revolting act of disrespect for such a lovely man. Why do people do this sort of trashing?”

Sidewalk Trash at Vittorio Recupero’s Tailoring Shop
December 28, 2013

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Sidewalk Memorial Tribute for Vittorio Recupero
November 19, 2013

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6 COMMENTS

  1. The ‘before and aft’ photos of Salem Street are symptomatic of the short-lived memory of those who dispose of garbage at their own convenience. Who would ever toss it in front of Vittorio’s? Unacceptable.

  2. People only get a way with what you allow them to get away with. How effective are these fines if
    the same people are constantly repeating the same things? The fines are not high enough and absentee
    landlords are the biggest culprits & they want to raise everyone else real estate taxes instead of going after
    these absentee landlords that look at their properties as cash cows and nothing more. What is it these
    City Officials don’t get, HIT THEM IN THE POCKET, AND HIT THEM HARD, and start informing
    the neighborhood of the Landlord’s Names who constantly have the same trash problems.
    Lower the taxes of those doing the right thing & slap the high taxes on those that DON’T ABIDE BY
    THE RULES. This is very simple, no rocket science is involved.

  3. There are two aspects to this – yes, the landlords should be made to feel the consequences in a profound way and that typically is through their wallets. Sadly, that is the only message that seems to have any affect. The other is the ignorant people who continue this practice with no regard for their neighbors, the neighborhood – who seem to lack common decency. And this is not the act of shorter term residents – some of the most affluent are guilty of the same despicable acts. On countless occasions, I have witnessed the trash of a well known “celebrity” tossed on the sidewalks without being properly bagged – their name and address prominently displayed on items strewn about the sidewalk. How do we get the message through to them – shouldn’t they know better – shouldn’t they have respect?

  4. Susan if you have witnessed the trash of this well known “celebrity” I suggest you should inform & file a complaint with the city & proper agency. Your not going to get the message to them by posting here.

  5. The whole notion of plastic bags and specific hours is (in my opinion) is ridiculously un-enforceable in any real world practical way. The only thing that will make a radical difference is dumpsters as most European cities have embraced. I know that there will be many obstacles and objections to many of the things that this concept means, but realize that most of these European cities have evolved to their solution 10-15 years ahead of us. We can take another 10 years to arrive at that solution or just take a shortcut and learn from others problem solving solutions.

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