December 19, 1994 |
Before he opens his store each morning, Brent Toll retrieves a broom and worn shovel from the doorway of his shop and sweeps up the litter on the sidewalk out front. Sometimes he wonders if it's worth the trouble. There's no call on Kensington Avenue anymore for the Arrow shirts, Drakkar men's fragrances, fine suits, ties and dress slacks on which Al's Toggery Shop built its 65-year reputation. But Toll knows he'll be ticketed again if the litter piles up. So he sweeps up behind the homeless who root through garbage cans each night, and cleans up after others who toss down crumpled cigarette packs, cups, bottles and paper bags as they stroll.
September 8, 1996 |
Each day when Novaline Tanksley walks the streets of South Philly, where she lives and works, this is what she sees: A candy wrapper tossed here. A cigarette butt thrown there. Fast-food wrappers, dog droppings and garbage everywhere. For years, the thoughtless trashing of Philadelphia streets made Tanksley frustrated. It made her mad. Finally this summer, she got so mad, she took action. In an age-old revolutionary printer's tradition, Tanksley, who runs a printing shop in the 1500 block of South Broad Street, harnessed the tools of her trade to get the word out to the people.
May 29, 1995 |
Revolution is roiling on the river. Hear the voices: In Bridesburg: "Water, water everywhere and we can't get to it. " In Port Richmond: "Kids with fishing poles, this is what it's supposed to be. " Up in Tacony: "It's hidden behind all those dilapidated and rundown warehouses. " For years, Philadelphia communities on the Delaware have lived with little or no access to the river. Business and government owned the waterfront, and in what was taken as a fair trade, residents got jobs.
October 23, 1994 |
Should they stay or should they go? They are the popular benches in front of the Rite Aid store on Gay Street, and by a 4-2 Borough Council vote on Wednesday night, they go. The problem with the benches, their critics say, is that they have become a bit too popular, and with the wrong sort of people - those who litter and loiter for hours on end. Many business owners say that the bench users also scare away shoppers and restaurant patrons....
September 8, 1996 |
Frederick Disque and his springer spaniel, Molly, regularly dash into Creek Island, woodlands that might be the last 25 acres of undeveloped land in the area. "As we moved down the [Conrail-owned] right-of-way toward the causeway, Molly . . . stopped and struck a perfect point," Disque wrote in his June 1 journal of his trips through this township-owned forest. "With a loud roar, a covey of quail broke cover and vanished into the brush. " But Disque's diary entry soon turned into a tale of woe. "Scattered all over the trail and the right-of-way was used clothing, beer cans and broken wine bottles," he wrote.
June 12, 1995 |
The scene turned downright bucolic yesterday outside City Hall. PhilaPride released 100 rabbits to shoot part of the group's 30-second public-service announcement. The premise is to show that litter multiplies, and the rabbits represented litter. The ad is being shot by Art Institute of Philadelphia students as a class project.
March 18, 2008
Cleaning Up the Neighborhood What can Philadelphia residents do to rid their neighborhoods of trash - and prevent litter from returning? What has worked in your community? Comment in 100 words or fewer by March 24. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Put "Litter" in the subject field. Mail: Regional Commentary Page, The Inquirer, 800 River Road, Conshohocken, PA, 19428.
March 30, 1999 |
An ambulance driver makes good use of a litter yesterday in Fairmount Park near Georges Hill Drive during his lunch break. The balmy spring weather was expected to continue.
January 23, 1997 |
Hundreds of boxes of chicken litter an embankment after a tractor-trailer overturned on the Woodhaven Road exit ramp from northbound Interstate 95. The truck was loaded with 34,000 pounds of chicken, about two-thirds of which spilled out when it overturned and broke open yesterday morning.
July 17, 1994 |
Call it T-Day, for trash cleanup day. The target on July 9 was the Johnson Boulevard recreation area. The mission: to eliminate litter. Though the volunteers who reported at 9 a.m. were enthusiastic, they didn't count on the heat. Most retreated by 11, ending the campaign an hour early.