Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Fed up with lemon-scented Foolishness

Jeffrey pretty much nails it on the French Quarter garbage collection controversy. It appears to me that Cynthia Hedge-Morrell showed some common sense:
"We're looking at a scaled-down form of service," said Hedge-Morrell, the chairwoman of the council's Budget Committee, who was accompanied by council President Jackie Clarkson and Councilwoman Cynthia Willard-Lewis. "The question is how do we keep the French Quarter clean the way we want it, but not have the cost as high," she said.

Hedge-Morrell said council members asked Nagin to try to renegotiate the city's contract with SDT to ensure that premium services such as frequent emptying of litter cans, mechanical street sweeping and pressure-washing of streets and sidewalks continues, even if less frequently.

But, that must of heve been too sensible for the rest of the council. Since I'm in a bit of a hurry, I'll just copy the comment I left at Library Chronicles with plans to revise it later:
I've been amazed at how many reporters could act like "Disneylike" service is something that should be discussed with a straight face, but I was waiting to see if anything would come of Hedge-Morrell's common sense suggestion to retain some of the enhanced service before posting. I don't think it was the best way to spend money, but I could see some enhanced power-washing. If we went too long between rains, the Quarter could get pretty foul smelling before Katrina. But, of course, it's all or nothing. I think the "Disneylike" or nothing reaction is partly because the city allowed the French Quarter to get so trashed for over a year after Katrina that people saw a bigger contrast than actually existed. Since a few talk show hosts and cartoonists gave the impression that the French Quarter would be covered in trash without the new deal and everybody sang the praises of the new clean French Quarter, it's understandable that people who don't know better would get the wrong impression. Where's the French Quarter's councilman been in all this?

The idea that they (can) fund it by cracking down on large residential complexes that shouldn't be getting free pick up is probably mistaken. After the contracts were approved, the council amended the sanitation codes to say that all buildings with 4 or more units would have to pay for private collection. Since very few French Quarter apartment complexes have 3 or fewer units, almost everybody will be paying for private collection, but it won't give the city more money for spray washing. At least they're being responsible enough to save $500,000 by letting city employees conduct the audit.

Not to be too nitpicky but the title should read "Feed up with lemon-scented foolishness"
I considered that, but I don't think it's right to make fun of misspellings, typos or grammatical errors in comments, so I didn't want to even implicitly make fun of "feed up with foolishness."

Blog posts and articles are fair game, but you should be able to express an opinion in a comment thread even if you don't have time for proofreading. Even though I agreed with his side, I tempted to write an insulting response to comment 4 telling that he was demonstrating his superior intelligence to the person he disagreed with, just that he had more free time at work, or more freedom in the use of his computer.
Obviously, that should read, "telling him that he wasn't demonstrating..."

No work excuse, it's just late.
I think it's very late for reading,you could have been more alert! anyway try to be henceforth.
Great Article!
Well worth the read, interesting topic.
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