Monday, April 21, 2008
Talkin' Trash for Earth Week
What's the trashiest place you've seen in Akron?
In addition to Summit Lake, I also nominate Russell Ave., the stretch that runs from Dart to Manchester Rd along the expressway. Looking at all the plastic bags, fast food detritus, and other assorted garbage makes me think of New Jersey. Yes, the so-called Garden State, which I happened to be in over spring break. There I saw the worst litter I've seen in decades, going back to before Lady Bird's Highway beautification movement.
The pictures above is of a stretch of road just off the highway in an industrial area close to Newark International Airport. The trash was so thick if you walked through it you'd need wading boots. Tires, rubble, plastic, paper -- you name it, it was there. Below, note the white spirals clinging to the chain link fence. They are formed from plastic bags that the wind wrapped around wire that is stuck in the fence. Not my idea of modern art. I wouldn't call it post-modern -- I'd call it an ugly display of a world drowning in plastic.
Instead of waiting for some group to gather to pick up trash this week, why not go out and tackle an ugly spot on your own or with a couple friends. Keep Akron Beautiful!