Last Saturday Tom and I cleaned up the vacant lot at 525 Abbott Street right next to our building in Tinseltown.
The lot is owned by the city and is scheduled to be developed at the beginning of next year.
In the meantime, unfortunately, it is used as a place to shoot up and as a public toilet, so it was littered with garbage, needles and worse.
However, I do strongly believe that we have to pitch in and do our part, and start cleaning this city up one block at a time. As FDR famously said, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” That’s all any of us can do – but taken together, all of these individual efforts can make a real difference in people’s lives.
The City of Vancouver provided gloves, garbage bags, a sharp container for needles and tongs to pick up the garbage through their “Keep Vancouver Spectacular” program.
Next Saturday we’re joining West End residents to pick up trash in the west end in cooperation with their Adopt A Block program.
Please join us! If we all take the city’s future into our hands, we can make a difference. And it won’t be nasty like this was – just picking up coffee cups with tongs etc.