We have come so far but have so far to go. Sometimes the cliches are true.
That is the best description to describe the city’s Operation Urban Blight. Huge amounts of trash and debris have been collected. It’s as if a tropical storm has hit the city except this blight happens year round. Since October when city government started treating blight like the emergency it is, enough trash has been collected to cover a football field 2 feet deep, said Public Works Director Jim Robinson.
About 3,600 tires have been collected. Abandoned tires can be found just about everywhere. It is no secret that the depth and breadth of blight can be found in the city’s low-income neighborhoods in the Northwest and the Eastside. But pockets of blight can be found everywhere.