Poor Neighborhoods = Litter in The Streets

Posted: January 27, 2014 in Uncategorized
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I sometimes walk down this road on the way to work. It always looks pretty bad because the road is full of potholes and there is a lot of trash on the side of the road. It is not a road that is traveled on often, so the county probably doesn’t want to waste money on the upkeep of it. As a result, it looks pretty run down. A couple of weeks ago, the weather was very rainy and it made the road look even worse than usual. All the holes in the road filled in with water. We decided to get some pictures so that you can see what it looks like. Unfortunately, the pictures do not include all the tires, doors, and other trash on the side of the road. Even so, they give you a fairly good idea of what it looks like.

Obviously, a lot of people went by and threw their trash on the side of this back road,  just like they do in poor neighborhoods. Some neighborhoods right outside of Philadelphia are filled with debris. This made us think, “Does being poor depress you and get you to a state where you don’t care about leaving trash everywhere, or does the bad character of throwing trash everywhere and not caring make you poor?” Maybe both guesses are correct.

When our mother was growing up, she lived near a poor neighborhood. The whole place was trashy and dirty, but there was one house that was not. The owner of that house kept it looking perfect, and that house really stood out from the rest of the dwellings in the neighborhood. You could tell that the owners were poor, but they still kept their house and yard in tip-top shape. Evidently there are at least some poor people who don’t leave trash lying around.

  1. I have traveled to many countries along all sorts of roads in a variety of areas and unfortunately trash along the roadsides seems to be universal. It’s everywhere, not just America and not just in poor areas. Sad but true. Humans pollute everything. There’s even garbage in the ocean and debris in space.

    • Yes, you’re absolutely right. I haven’t been too far, but still there is trash along every road I can think of. Let’s be glad that all roadside trash isn’t doors, mattresses, tires, couches, and other litter like that.

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