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REX NELSON: Taking out the trash

By Rex Nelson

This article was published February 17, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

I'm in a bad mood by the time I reach the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette newsroom in downtown Little Rock most mornings. It's not because of anything that has happened at home or work. It's because I drive Cantrell Road (which doubles as Arkansas 10) from west Little Rock. From the top of Cantrell Hill to the Episcopal Collegiate School, I must look out my window at the mounds of trash along the road.

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Jfish says... February 17, 2018 at 5:38 a.m.

Thanks Rex, I was thinking the same thing when driving down Denny Road the other day and looking at all the litter. Just picking it up is only a temporary solution, let's work toward ending it. It's bad enough that people won't recycle, but throwing stuff out or allowing it to blow out of your truck bed is just being a pig.

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cgbp says... February 17, 2018 at 7:03 a.m.

Thank, Rex, the Albuquerque solution sounds really positive. I hope someone running for office will start a campaign of this sort and keep it going after his/her election! These ideas are so often agreed to but seldom carried out. I live just off Chenal Valley Drive and walk the sidewalk up to Chenal Parkway often and see so much trash along there too. I plan to, in the future, carry a trash bag with me and pick up what I see -- I will wear gloves too because you never know!!

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Razrbak says... February 17, 2018 at 9:10 a.m.

The Albuquerque solution sounds like it was made for LR, and I will add it to my platform for my run for the LRBOD Ward 6 position. #TimeForChange #CleanOutLRCityHall

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drs01 says... February 17, 2018 at 9:53 a.m.

I'm not optimistic that LR will ever take cost-effective measures to solve problems. Look at what is happening today. Fifty for the Future hand picked another elitist group to form Think Big. Few good ideas have resulted. The major issue facing this city is not one. Why have surrounding counties seen explosive growth while we remain stagnant?
It's not because of we lack a light rail system, more parks or bike paths. It's our school system that has been allowed to decay for years.
Maybe we could give Thank Big and Fifty for the Future members a trash bag and have them doing something constructive.

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TravisBickle says... February 17, 2018 at 10:25 a.m.

Only trash litters and there's a lot of trash in Arkansas.

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notbot says... February 17, 2018 at 4:07 p.m.

Thumbs-up!
Don't re-invent the wheel, copy this success.

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Dontsufferfools says... February 17, 2018 at 7:27 p.m.

Little Rock does a poor job in general of keeping its common areas attractive. The parks are lightly maintained and the boulevards and other greenspaces are neglected. I think part of it goes to the American mindset about government. Anything that looks like money was spent on it, whether it's an attractive building, a nicely tended park, or an amenity like a swimming pool or high-quality golf course, cries of big government and wasted tax dollars arise, so city leaders shrink and try to make everything appear as utilitarian as possible. Look at the old county courthouse building in downtown Little Rock, and then compare it to the monstrosity south of it where most county business is now conducted. It says something about contemporary America.

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picventure_aol.com says... February 17, 2018 at 7:42 p.m.

Perhaps Mr. Sabin will take up the cause. A friend and I spoke directly to the Mayor and City Manager about this issue two weeks ago. Their response was surprise because both said they always heard compliments from visitors about how clean the city is. We remarked that they must not travel the Cantrell exit from I-30 or Cooper Orbit Road. They asked that we call 311 for clean up to specific areas.

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Jfish says... February 17, 2018 at 8:26 p.m.

picventure, if they really said that, they must have blinders on. Take a drive down Chenal and look at the litter in the median near Rock Creek. I will point out though that it is not just Little Rock, it is a statewide problem. I would like to see some numbers on what LR, the State DOT and Pulaski Co. each spend on just picking up litter.

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carpenterretired says... February 17, 2018 at 9:56 p.m.

Folks all that litter is just visual proof of the validity of conservative principles of less and smaller government on the path to the utopia of no government.

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