There are a lot of conversations these days about the growing homeless populations that every city has to address. Astoria does seem to be addressing the issue, as we have a warming center, a soon-to-be homeless shelter operated by Helping Hands, and there is also a city task force looking into solutions.
The only thing that puzzles me is that the city seems to ignore one of the big elephants in the room … or should I say, on the street. The growing pile of trash that is allowed to block the sidewalk on 11th Street, north of Commercial Street, which is not a “recycled” art installation, but a trash heap located in the middle of the downtown area.
I know this traveling caravan of garbage, collected by one of our resident street persons, has been a part of the community for years and years, but it seems to have found a permanent resting place on a block that leads from the downtown area to the Riverwalk.
I have only one question: Why is this nuisance permitted?