April 18, 2011 |
ARE YOU SICK of the mounds of mess that turn the City of Brotherly Love into Filth-adelphia? Do you gag at the garbage-clogged gutters around town? Are you irate at your neighbors who toss their trash next to a trash can? Then meet me, the Marquis de Debris, the man with the plan to help clean up this otherwise wonderful city. Send your name and the location, with pics, of your littered lots, putrid parks and sullied streets to firstname.lastname@example.org , and I'll do my darnedest to get those nasty places tidied up. You have ideas on how to stop the litter problem?
May 9, 2012 |
A CALL to the Marquis was all it took for Edward Williams, of West Philadelphia, to see a vacant lot on Filbert Street near Salford transform from nasty to classy after years of neighbors dumping everything from dirty diapers to used tires there. Half of the lot closer to Salford Street is used as a parking lot by the Philadelphia Parking Authority. The other half — which is owned by SEPTA — was an unpaved, overgrown atrocity that hosted teetering towers of tires and mounds of trash.
November 7, 2011 |
FED UP WITH filth in your neighborhood? Send the Marquis an email at email@example.com , or look for him on Facebook. CITY'S HELPING HANDS: When we asked readers for suggestions on how to get a grip on grime, many said nonprofit groups that work with ex-offenders or recovering addicts could help in the name of community service. The Marquis is happy to report that this is already happening. A group of men took to Girard Avenue near 42nd Street Thursday afternoon with brooms and black garbage bags, ridding the street and sidewalk of leaves and trash.
December 22, 2011 |
IF YOU'RE FED up with the filth in Philly, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org , or find my page on Facebook. The story of neighbors watching their areas gradually dissolve into varying states of disrepair sounds like a broken record to the weathered and worn-down Marquis. But it's always inspiring to see folks pull together to make their communities more desirable. It happens all over the city, I'm sure, but a particularly uplifting example is a tidy two-block stretch of Clementine Street, between Kensington Avenue and Jasper Street.
October 14, 2011 |
WOULD YOU like to see your neighborhood go from trashy to classy? If so, email the Marquis at email@example.com . Neighbors in East Mount Airy were fuming last week over a pile of trash in the parking lot of the shuttered Lakey's Restaurant that was in danger of becoming a community dumping ground. A take-out container here and a plastic bag there eventually turned into bulging black Hefty bags of trash, and even a raggedy sofa left lying on the far end of the parking lot on Stenton Avenue near Mount Pleasant.
October 20, 2011 |
IT MAY NOT totally solve the problem, but at least it's progress. Police have arrested two men for short dumping on an overgrown lot on Beach Street next to the Delaware River, in Port Richmond, that is home to thousands of discarded tires and a few teetering trash heaps - and which you may have read about in a previous Marquis column. The lot, owned by Glasgow Inc., a highway-construction company based in Glenside, has also been the site of at least two fires since September and is the target of an Environmental Protection Agency complaint from neighbors.
May 16, 2011 |
WHILE CANDIDATES gear up for primary day tomorrow, some Philadelphians are getting ready to bust out their brooms to sweep up campaign fliers they expect to see lining streets and stoops. Campaign staffers insist they're not looking to leave materials anywhere they can, including your doorstep. Instead, they say, they're handing them to people individually, or sticking them into doorjambs if no one answers while canvassing. "It doesn't make sense for us financially to leave it on the ground, and it doesn't make any sense environmentally to leave it on the ground," said Sam Durso, campaign manager for City Council candidate Jeff Hornstein.
September 1, 2011 |
IF YOU'RE SICK of trash and illegal dumping in your neighborhood, send The Marquis a note at firstname.lastname@example.org . DON'T TREAD ON ME: Looking for a used tire? There are thousands to choose from at a vacant lot on Beach Street near Susquehanna Avenue, in Fishtown. At Penn Treaty Park, the scent of the Delaware River and well-kept grounds make for an inviting riverside hangout. But a few blocks north, the stench of rubber and swarms of mosquitoes buzzing around the overgrown shrubbery cloud the air. It wasn't until walking deep into this jungle of overgrown plants and discarded tires that The Marquis realized how severe the problem was. Thousands - yes, thousands - of tires.
August 11, 2011 |
IF YOU'RE fed up with filth in your neighborhood - or anywhere else in Philly - send an email to trash@phillynews . com and tell me all about it. MARQUIS GETS RESULTS: Last week, I visited Merion Avenue in West Philadelphia, which had essentially become an open-air grave for trash, used tires and a broken-down van that was stuffed with even more used tires. This miserable stretch between 49th Street and 52nd is on the road to recovery. The Marquis stopped by this week and the busted van and used tires have been hauled away.
July 14, 2011 |
IF YOU HAVE a bone to pick with litterbugs in your neighborhood and want to talk trash, email the Marquis at trash@phillynews. com. You can also catch me on Facebook if you go to philly.com/MarquisFB. BEYOND THE GRAVE: This week, I took a stroll down Cheltenham Avenue, near Wissinoming Park. This stretch - between Frankford Avenue and Charles Street - is a grassy patch used by walkers and joggers. A trail of garbage lines the impossibly narrow sidewalk on one side of the street and the grassy area on the other.