Thursday, May 3, 2012

Surrrounded

Here's a sample of 5 months of garbage and graffiti surrounding LA Matheson Secondary. It is difficult to capture litter in in pictures, but in this area it covers the ground all winter long and accumulates to a sizable amount.
LA Matheson dry grad manual, dumped in alleyway east of school.
Eastern fenceline of school.
December 14
January 23
March 4
May 1
Jan 23, Object is still there May 3
Jan 23
Mar 4
Mar 4
May 3
May 1
May 3 Same spot, shredded garbage
May 3 
It is very hard to get a sense of the amount of shredded litter in a photograph. A lot of garbage had accumulated inside the school fence.

South of LA Matheson Secondary and Moffatt Memorial Park. A walkway leading to 92 Ave.
Dec 11
Jan 23
May 3
Dec 11

May 3,  same garbage just more added on top.

Dec 11 
Dec 11
Jan 23
Dec 14
Feb 20
In March there was too much to photograph so I made a short video of the walkway graffiti
Video taken Mar 16
Heading West on 95 Ave towards Scott Road.


Feb 20
Jan 27
Jan 27
Mar 16,  Same walkway, same garbage
Mar 16
Mar 16
Mar 16 
Garbage was dumped into an empty lot beside this walkway some time before December.

Dec 11
Jan 5
Mar 16
Parking lot near Sabzi Mandi, Wendy's, Redleaf Crescent Townhomes and walkway to school.
Feb 28 
Mar 16
Scenes like this remain month after month along this walkway, showing that garbage accumulation and disarray is normal and acceptable.
Mar 22
April 3
May 3
Mar 22
April 3
April 3
May 3

I have watched garbage accumulate every year for the last 10 years around LA Matheson until it reaches sizeable amounts. The students generate much of the garbage and adults add their dumping and household waste to it.
In May the city hires students from all over Metro Vancouver to pick up our students and residents garbage from the streets using our tax money. Nothing is done to educate, inform or alter anyone's behavior. The city tries to erase the evidence a couple of months a year, while students and residents litter, dump and let it accumulate all fall and winter. Not only is this costing us money, students and residents are being taught that they are free to do as they please and someone else will pick up after them. They are being taught to accept garbage on the streets as a normal acceptable part of life.
This is not the city of the future I want.

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