For many Americans, January brings an opportunity to start anew. It’s a chance to clear out the closets, bedrooms and garages and de-clutter the house of stuff that is broken but potentially fixable by others—items we no longer use or can’t stand to look at.
But where does all that unwanted stuff go?
Try the curb. Over the past couple of weeks, we have noticed everything from scuffed bookshelves and furniture to unwanted television sets and other electronic items left out on the curb in Eagle Rock—presumably to be scooped up by passersby who consider one neighbor's trash their new treasure.
(Indeed, even upscale Hill Drive isn’t immune to the trashing—for a few days in the first week of January, a television cabinet could be seen abandoned on the curb a few blocks west of the Chateau Emanuel, where Eagle Rock celebrated its 100th anniversary with a gala dinner in November.)
Eagle Rock Patch wants to turn this issue into a community discussion. Are unwanted items on the curb an efficient and harmless form of green cycling—or are they an unsightly blight on the neighborhood that tends to lower property values? What constitutes an acceptable item to leave out for others to take—and what crosses the line into dumping?