Quality of Life: Cut the Crap!
In December 2004, MPC launched an initiative to protect the area’s sidewalks, streets, and parks from a pesky problem: droppings from dogs and pigeons. A source of frequent complaints from local residents, this particular kind of litter, MPC believes, makes the neighborhood a less inviting place for residents and visitors alike.
The Cut the Crap campaign kicked off with the purchase of two “dogi-pot” plastic bag dispensers, installed in Williamsbridge Oval Park, to provide dog owners with a convenient way of disposing of their pets’ waste. As the measures prove successful, MPC plans to place more dispensers throughout Norwood, Bedford Park, North Fordham and University Heights. Additionally, the corporation has brought in workers from Partners in Grime to eliminate pigeon droppings by power washing the sidewalk near the Mosholu Parkway train station – another service MPC hopes to expand in the future.
Finally, MPC is using the Cut the Crap campaign to rededicate itself to two issues that have always been close to its heart: tree health and trash clean-up. MPC has acted as a voice for preserving existing trees and planting new ones, and will continue those efforts, along with a new focus on better maintenance of trees and other plants in nearby parks. MPC and the Norwood News continue to work tirelessly to remind local Bronxites to throw their litter in cans, not on the ground.
With support from Norwood News readers and other proud Bronx residents, MPC is confident that it can get rid of the “crap” – and bring in more beauty – for the enjoyment of us all.