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Trashy Lot

Posted on: April 3, 2010

One good thing about snow is that it can cover things up. Freshly fallen snow for example is like a white blanket, instantly covering the unsightly messes strewn about on city sidewalks, in parking lots, etc. Now that the snow has melted, I can clearly see the state of the parking lot behind my house, and quite literally, all the crap that used to be so conveniently hidden. I use this parking lot everyday: it leads to the park where I walk my dog and my baby.

The current state of this lot is disastrous. Why don’t people pick up after their dogs!? I mean come on! It’s part of the responsibility, and otherwise creates a nasty reality for those of us who are left to tiptoe among the feces. It’s disgusting! If you’re going to have a dog, pick up! It can’t be the price that’s throwing people off: I buy 48 bags at Dollarama for 1$ (and they’re vanilla scented to boot). So what is it then? Laziness. A lack of respect for the community. Thoughtlessness. Selfishness. Idiocy. The list could go on and on…

OK, so it’s disgusting, but (strange as this may sound) I sort of got used to seeing it, seeing as I walk there everyday. Although, fingers crossed that sooner than later the city will swing down and give the lot a good hosing. Until then, I have come to somewhat temporarily accept the filth. I mean, beyond picking it up myself, what other choice do I have? But now, broken glass has started to appear. And not just a little bit (which would be bad in itself), but tonnes of broken bottles. The other day I counted six smashed up bottles, just within my field of vision. So now, not only are we tiptoeing among the dog poop, but also shards of glass. I mean seriously people, if you have a dog, why would you want to break glass where they walk (or unfortunately in some cases poop)? Deplorable really. Just deplorable.

The other day, one of my friends from the dog park even brought her own broom out and started sweeping up the lot so that her dog wouldn’t cut his feet. But, there is no way she could sweep it up all on her own; there is just too much. Good on her for trying though, and having some sense of civic duty. And today, like the icing on the cake, there was something else littering the lot. I wasn’t quite sure what it was: it looked like styrofoam, but there were wires coming out of it. As I got closer I rolled one of the chunks over with my foot, only to see it was a chunk of some statue’s head, whose unfortunate fate had landed him smashed up in this ever growing mess of a parking lot. “Oh dear statue, what were you before you came to this unfortunate end?” What a fate. What a demise…

Is this the environment where I want Niko to grow up? No. Is this area ideal for my dog’s paws? No. I think it might be time to move.

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4 Responses to "Trashy Lot"

Time to call the great city of Ottawa Public Works Department (same group that Granddad Jim used to work for in Halifax!)
Perhaps you can send them your blog posting to reinforce the message!!!

good idea. i did write a letter to the editor, so we will see if it gets published…

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