Immediate action is all Trenton needs (LA PARKER COLUMN) – Trentonian
Call it — Epiphany.
No, not the religious event of January 6, when the world learned of the gift of God, according to certain teachings – atheists, other religions and agnostics, please refrain from arguing. In fact, it’s also my birthday!
This small part of print has great power that can alter Trenton, enlighten and bring about positive change.
So consider this a teaching moment, two photos that illustrate the current state of our city.
On July 1, The Trentonian ran a story about a mother who rescued a wayward turtle heading for injury or death on Lawrence St.
There was another unposted photo of a motorist who stopped his car to provide assistance. His actions were kind and righteous as he escorted the turtle down the sidewalk.
Of course, this turtle, not known for its speed, moved at the speed of a snail – much like a local government. The motorist gave up and drove off just as a woman approached, picked up the turtle with the dexterity of a shortstop and drove the wanderer to nearby Assunpink Creek.
His actions confirmed that we often need the “fierce urgency of the moment” championed by Rev. Dr. King to succeed.
Of course, laws require government approval for certain initiatives, but let’s take cleaning your street as an example.
If you want a clean street, take a broom, rake and shovel or ask neighbors to help you with this endeavor.
If you just complain or wait for the turtle government, your street will be lost, buried under garbage.
And, if a house burns down on your street or is condemned, demand a quick resolution.
Why? Get this. There is a correlation between litter and crime, even trees and crime.
Studies show that people are more likely to break the rules (uhh, break into your house) when there’s trash on the ground or graffiti on buildings. The rate of theft, vandalism and other crimes increases when maintenance decreases.
Greener and cleaner neighborhoods are often safer. So, plant more trees, flowers and shrubs and put out the broom to improve your quality of life.
This slow and steady story about the turtle and the hare does not apply to trash or even turtles.
Trentonian reader Rose checked in again.
“You’re absolutely right, cleanliness is cleanliness and pride is pride…You don’t need a ton of money to be clean!” All you need is a broom, bucket/mop, soap and some elbow grease. Oh yeah, and get up from your (behind).
“As far as city leaders are concerned, they need to stop bickering and get back to basics by enforcing city codes: no more city inspections, COs and cracking down on slum lords and lazy owners. People will continue to do the wrong thing as long as they can get away with it. . .a pat on the wrist, perhaps? Give tickets and fines, touch pockets where it hurts. The coffers of the city will be full and the streets empty (of waste). »
His opinions reflect mine and those of many other residents. Trenton needs immediate action to become a clean city.
LA Parker is a Trentonian columnist. Find him on Twitter @LAParker6 or email him at [email protected]