Get a spare for your spare
So, yesterday I was driving down Banks Street in Mid-City. I turned left onto Miro and went one block when I saw a truck parked on the side of the road. There were four young men apparently cleaning out a building on the corner and tossing the bags of trash into the truck. Sounds good so far. We definitely need more bags of trash being tossed into trucks instead of on the street. It looked like one of those bars that only open after midnight and have no signs. It was full of glass bottles. Suddenly, I heard the sound of breaking glass and I saw that one of the guys was THROWING GLASS BOTTLES INTO THE STREET. I couldn’t believe it. Three of the guys were laughing and one looked displeased. I was going to drive by them, but I saw that there was more broken glass on Miro Street in front of me. I put the car in reverse, but then the displeased guy said, “just a minute, ma’am.” He got a piece of cardboard, picked up the big pieces of glass and swept the rest out of my way with the cardboard. As I drove by, I looked at the glass-throwing one and said, “please. We don’t need any more broken glass.” He looked like he wanted to poke my eyes out, but that’s OK because I would have happily spanked his little glass-throwing butt.
This area is one of the poorest in New Orleans and it was trashed by the flood. It is right downtown, near the medical centers on Tulane Avenue. There were mostly empty-looking houses around where they were cleaning. I don’t know where these guys came from, but one thing is for sure – it wasn’t their neighborhood. I can’t imagine that even this idiot would have been throwing glass in the street if there had been residents around. I am writing this here to try to express to out of town readers what it is like when vast parts of the city are uninhabited. It gives people like me a profound sense of loss and sadness, but it gives some other people the freedom to do stupid destructive things because there is no one around to see them or care. It is crucial that we get families back in this city and fast. If it goes on much longer, some punk is going to think it’s funny to light up a fire that burns a whole city block.