December 29, 2008
Seattle intentionally didn't salt the roads in order to appease Mother Gaia (I think Ace may have also mentioned this, but I'm not sure). Well, what's happened? Monster trash buildups usually indicative of a trash collector's strike.
But piles and piles of trash linger on curbsides across parts of Seattle where garbage trucks haven't been able to reach for more than two weeks.
The good news is that some collection resumed over the weekend, although the garbage glut continues in many areas.
"Our garbage area is stinkier," Beacon Hill resident Lucia Kahsai, 24, said Sunday, referring to the area in her townhouse where she stores her trash. "We've given up taking our garbage outside."
"I mean, it is looking like civic hell out there," joked Tim Tapping, 59, a software engineer in Maple Leaf who pointed to the lids on his streetside cans, which were floating on top of overflowing refuse.
Icy roads Saturday still prevented many 9-ton garbage trucks from entering some Seattle neighborhoods in the higher elevations, such as those in West Seattle and Maple Leaf, as well as areas in Shoreline, Renton, SeaTac, Burien, Bellevue, Sammamish and Snohomish County, officials said.
"A lot of people have missed service over the last couple of weeks," Seattle Public Utilities spokesman Andy Ryan said.
"It will take us time to get back to a normal schedule."
Some service resumed Saturday and Sunday. Garbage trucks hauled away trash Sunday in Lake City, Northgate and other parts of Northeast Seattle and in South Seattle.
But other areas were still waiting.
In the Maple Leaf neighborhood near Northgate, residents said they were told their garbage would be picked up this weekend.
But with roads still icy Saturday, no garbage trucks were seen in the area, residents said.
Maple Leaf residents who were particularly unlucky were those such as Tapping on the north side of Northeast 90th Street. People north of that line get garbage pickup on Thursdays. Those south of the line are on Tuesdays.
In a way, the photo is an appropriate metaphor for what liberal policies create.
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