Culture on the Cheap
Quicklink: Prospect Park Litter Mob
Ever since Brownstoner announced the good news about this web site yours truly has been hooked. The exotic assortment of “accoutrements” Ms. Viljoen’s posse discovered on their latest litter round-up, well, speaks for itself. I am particularly intrigued by the middle item on the bottom row. If anyone reading this could explain to me exactly how this contraption “works” I will be eternally grateful. But I digress.
A particularly provocative entry (in my humble opinion, anyway) is this one. It expounds upon a tome by Geoffrey Croft (of New York City Parks Advocates) which asserts that volunteer groups should not go too far when policing our fair city’s parks. While I definitely agree with his sentiment (our city only allocates less than one half of one percent of its budget towards our public spaces), what exactly are we as citizens to do in the meantime?* I’ll let you, gentle readers, look at the imagery at left and draw your own conclusions.
In closing, I spoke to the founder of this site earlier this week. I asked her what the tipping point was. E.g.; when she finally deemed that a litter mob (and accompanying web site documenting their “finds”) was necessary. Her answer was as follows:
After meeting a thundering wall of silence after making numerous complaints.
However, she did add that after embarking upon this endeavor that the Parks Department do seem to be addressing issues in a more timely fashion. So there have you.
*It should be noted that Ms. Viljoen has reached out to Mr. Croft two times via email. As of the writing of this post she has yet to get a response.