This, a garbage dump on a public trail, is still the exception in Albany. What can be done to keep scenes like this from multiplying as they have in other cities in Oregon and up and down the West Coast?
This particular dump of a child’s bicycle, bike parts, tires and assorted other stuff was on the northernmost extension of the Periwinkle Bike Path behind Lowe’s home improvement center. (The store is behind the wall on the left in the photo.)
The junk had been there a week ago, but in a different spot. The guy I talked to at the time challenged me to come back in a week and see it gone.
Well, he was half right. By Labor Day the junk pile had been moved, most of it, to the other side of the path.
A man and woman appeared to be living a few steps away from this trash pile on Monday, and their camp between the path and the bank looked not much different from this.
What’s the solution? We have laws against the trashing of public places. But what good are laws if we don’t enforce them because we lack either the will or the means, or both. (hh)