Litter, litter everywhere, who cares?
I've just spent a little while perusing the internet and happened upon a blog post about litter by liverpool09.com that caught my attention.
Property regeneration is an obvious manifestation of that change with Liverpool One, The Arena, hotels, offices and apartments leading the way. But to me one of the most striking changes is the feeling of safety in a city that once upon a time did have a bit of a problem with car crime and petty theft...
But, and a very large but. The one thing that hasn't changed much in those twenty years is the state of streets in and around the city centre. Vomit, half eaten food, empty drinks bottles and cans, grease, chewing gum, litter, cigarette ends and other detritus still mark most pavements and roads outside the prime commercial core.
The picture above stands as a stark reminder that you are leaving the filth of Liverpool behind and entering the surreally clean world of Liverpool One. Cleaning appears haphazard and random - but I assume we all pay for it whether it happens or not. Until the city can get on top of its basic housekeeping the perception will remain that this is a city that simply doesn't care.
The problem is particularly bad around Central Station and Bold Street. And as liverpool09.com points out in many ways it does not matter if you get all the other things right (good as they are in their own right for improving life for everyone) because the perception of a littered city is that no one cares, which is plainly not the case. Maybe bigger bins are needed? Maybe aggressive handing out of fines? Who knows, but it really needs tackling.
For the uninitiated a bit about liverpool09.com: The site was set up to "explore how people feel about the legacy of 2008".
And as to prove what I have said before that he may be gone but not forgotten, here is the quote that adorns the top of every page on the site:
"It's a momentous day for Liverpool because it's about looking forward," David Henshaw, June 4, 2003.