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Cleaning up Baltimore should be a citywide project | READER COMMENTARY

Plastic bottles are a ubiquitous item found in a trash collecting boom on the Back River in Essex. The Back River Restoration Committee cleans up a site along the river at Oriole Avenue every day. Booms collect trash and debris, and staff members and volunteers clean them daily. Since 2011, the organization has collected 5.3 million pounds of trash and debris from the Back River. April 16, 2021. (Barbara Haddock Taylor/Baltimore Sun).
Plastic bottles are a ubiquitous item found in a trash collecting boom on the Back River in Essex. The Back River Restoration Committee cleans up a site along the river at Oriole Avenue every day. Booms collect trash and debris, and staff members and volunteers clean them daily. Since 2011, the organization has collected 5.3 million pounds of trash and debris from the Back River. April 16, 2021. (Barbara Haddock Taylor/Baltimore Sun). (Barbara Haddock Taylor)

Thank you for your editorial support for a Civilian Conservation Corps-type effort to clean up the streets and neighborhoods in Baltimore (”Cleaning up one neighborhood is good. Cleaning up all of Baltimore — while creating lots of jobs — is much better,” April 13). Your suggestion that the pilot program in place now for the Coldstream-Montebello neighborhood be scaled up to include the whole of the city is essential.

Trash along the side of the road only begets more trash! Such an effort to clean up Baltimore would provide jobs for those in need and attract volunteers willing to help in such a citywide effort. I would also like to see some thought given to the idea of paid block captains. These city residents would be responsible for seeing that just their block is kept clean. Seeing a neighbor pick up trash might also encourage others to do the same.

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With a large amount of money about to be allocated to Baltimore as a result of the recently passed stimulus bill, now is the time to think big about ways to involve citizens and put Baltimore in the news for something other than our murder rate!

Nancy Sinclair, Towson

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