THOUGHTS ON ARCHITECTURE AND URBANISM: February 2011

THOUGHTS ON ARCHITECTURE AND URBANISM: February 2011

THOUGHTS ON ARCHITECTURE AND URBANISM: February 2011

Trash in the streets of Palermo. Picture of Palermonline.com.ar

About 17 years ago, I lived in the neighborhood of Olivos, province of Buenos Aires. At that time we were 4, and hey, that we generated trash, between diapers and food. I remember that the pickers of the block offered me plastic sachets for waste, and I refused to buy them, saying that the supermarket was cheaper. The next day, my bags full, those left in the street awaiting collection, were completely broken, all the trash scattered, from my house to the corner. I wondered as I gathered everything, to whom I would complain, the company, the Union, would surely protect them and blame some dogs.

Today I read the note from La Nación, Opinion section "The lack of urban hygiene" and I see that much has not changed. I entered a site in Palermo, and yes, there is still garbage in the streets, even after putting it together. I do not include here some provinces, which look as clean and neat as Mendoza.

Then there is a question of education. Many people, see garbage and incorporate more trash, such as collective tickets, the various pieces of paper that should go to the pockets until reaching the basket.

The author of the note mentions the US, and yes, there is another culture of garbage here, although I must admit, that Los Angeles is much dirtier than Orange County (impeccable) and New York, dirtier than San Francisco, etc. In addition, culture comes hand in hand with rigor. To throw a paper to the highway, depending on the locality, implies 200 $ of fine, for example.

Among the curiosities, I read in the 2005 Los Angeles Times, that the amount of crows that wake us day by day with the seagulls, is due to all the food available inside the metal containers that are left in the alleys or service streets. To them are added the possums or weasels, so fat, of a size that I had never seen in my life - they are very well fed. Domestic picking is done once a week, with all the bags inside plastic containers or large metallic ones, resistant to rats, dogs, weasels, coyotes, bears and squirrels.

I invite you to read the note of the Nation:

It is regrettable the appearance of some cities, starting with Buenos Aires. In the corners waste accumulates, especially during the weekends, and there is abundant waste and the nauseating odors that they give away everywhere. This is not new. It has increased proportionately with the increase in population. It is common to blame the authorities for a situation so unpleasant that affects both the pupils and the smell.

Is it really the fault of the authorities? They are part of the responsibility, of course, but eight out of ten Argentines admit that people contribute little or nothing to the cleanliness of the city, according to a revealing TNS Gallup poll. Opinions are divided, really. Six out of ten Argentines consider their city to be somewhat or very dirty; the rest, four out of ten, thinks it's clean.

From the survey, an enlightening fact emerges: seven out of ten interviewees have agreed that people are responsible for making the city in which they live dirty. This perception is different in the capital, where 79 percent believe that it is "somewhat or very dirty", compared to 66 percent and 59 percent who think the same in Greater Buenos Aires and the interior of the country, respectively. ¨

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