Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The Answer My Friend, Is Blowing In The Wind

What's going on at Borders lately? We spotted two broken windows on the building and now the Broadway side of the property is covered in trash. We need "CleanSlate" over there pronto!


  1. It's just too bad that the lame-o's at CleanSlate never actually clean the area but instead browse the aisles of Borders instead of doing their job.

    I think this store forgets the demographics of the area sometimes. Not only for reasons like these, but also because they are completely unprepared in dealing with the homeless people who congregate inside.

  2. I've seen Clean Slate out and about, but I don't know how good of a job they do. I can tell you this, though, if you need to find one, go the the south alley between Kenmore and Sheridan on Lawrence. There's usually a dozen of them milling around there between 9 and 9:30.

  3. Isn't that Borders closing anyway?

  4. Instead of calling the people who actually work to clean our neighborhood names, shut up and do something about it.

    Mayor Daley's Clean & Green volunteer clean-up day will be Sept. 29. Individuals and community groups can make an immediate difference in your neighborhood by volunteering time and effort on this Autumn Clean & Green Day.

    Sign up at a location near you that could use a good cleaning. The city will work with community organizations to provide brooms, rakes, shovels and bags needed to get the job done.

    To register or for more information call 311.

    Or is it easier to write insults on a blog than to give a couple hours to your community? Who's the real lame-o in that case?

  5. I just saw Clean Slate near the Subway on Wilson. They are out there.

    Thanks for the info caring neighbor..a little less hostel next time, though. We are all frustrated with the neighborhood these days. This is a place to vent.

  6. dear "caring" neighbor - I have picking up garbage in uptown since I moved here befor time - people vent because is is easier than bending over and picking up some one's garbage - so as the last poster stated, don't be so hostile-

  7. I think this (which is what my first post is in response to) deserves a little hostility:

    "It's just too bad that the lame-o's at CleanSlate never actually clean the area but instead browse the aisles of Borders instead of doing their job."

    To those who vent and help the community, I salute you (and join you).

    I get frustrated (and yes, hostile) when I see people who are actually helping this neighborhood week after week called lazy "lame-os" rather than getting the credit they deserve.

  8. This reminds me of when the alderman sent out an email about picking up dog crap yet saying nothing about the garbage on the streets.

  9. Hey, it's not my job to clean up other peoples property or the sidewalks. That's what we have City services for and also it's my Condo Association job to clean up where I live that is my common area. That is why I pay monthly association fees. Second, I learned as soon as I could walk what the trash cans on all streets were for and was taught to throw my garbage away. So --- you caring whoever.

  10. Well, that about says it for you, doesn't it? "It's not in my job description."

    It isn't my job, either, to call 311 ... or 911 ... or donate to shelters ... or clean up places outside of my finely-defined property borders ... or participate in Clean 'n Green ... or go to court when court advocates are needed ... or help with CAPS events ... or meet with the police or alderman or anyone else who can help solve a community problem ... or cut down brush in problem areas ... or volunteer at neighborhood events ... or spend money doing things for people in the area who may not even know or care that I do any of this.

    But I do it -- because I DO care about this neighborhood and want it to get better and safer for me, and you, and everyone in this community.

    You're welcome.

  11. Let's not forget that the Cleanslate men and women are students of the Cara Program, not city employees. They're folks with barriers to employment, like homelessness, poor work histories, and criminal records. The Cara Program helps them build a work history while learning job skills so that someday they can move on to sustainable, unsupported employment. They're not perfect, but give them a break. If they weren't doing what they're doing, they'd be the same shiftless street folks everyone around here is always complaining about.