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  •  I realize now a picture of the place makes the (7+ / 0-)

    weirdness of the dumping more clear.  It's a covered reservoir, so it's not like people dumping stuff in a lake (also reprehensible), and it's not even like they're dumping on an open lot or anything.  There's an 8' − 10' fence around the whole thing.  The dumpers just leave stuff on the sidewalk in the vicinity of the gate, usually blacking the walk.  It's a very popular dog walking area, so that means everyone gets sent into the street.  W.T.F.

    •  If there is a bright side to urban dumping, (5+ / 0-)

      it's that most cities have more resources at hand to clean up the blight quickly. That doesn't necessarily mean that they do clean it up, but they have trucks, dumpsters, and personnel nearby.

      A growing trash dump along a country road does not generate the same sense of urgency to clean it up, and it can grow for years.

      •  The downside, in this case, is that it falls on (4+ / 0-)

        the workers at the reservoir to deal with it, and like any other city department, they're probably already stretched thin.  There are also people who work on the solar array on top of the reservoir, but I think they're employees of a private company, so they probably aren't able to deal with it any better than those of us in the neighborhood.

        Whether is rural or urban, the underlying issue is the same - they're leaving it to someone else to deal with their mess.

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