The first picture I took on a weeknight with the kids eating ice cream at the clock tower and I posted on the Fort Thomas Matters Facebook page. The second picture was taken by Tim, the owner of the Midway, a couple nights ago outside his bar and reflects the decorative flower pots being used as an ash tray.
There was some good conversation about the first picture regarding the lack of respect of the area kids to leave the central business district in such a mess and the second picture gave all of the Midway fans a chance to lobby to bring back the guacamole.
Regardless, there is a common denominator here and that is the lack of cleaning the city is doing in their nicely renovated business districts. I hear regular complaints about how infrequent the city empties the trash cans around town and now we have two recent examples where our beautiful town is trashed.
I could use this post as an opportunity to bash the city for not cleaning up more often but I have to ask a question - whose responsibility is this? Should regular citizens take more responsibility? Many of the comments noted that it is hard to blame the kids at the clock tower when there is no place to put the trash but why couldn't there be a group of citizens that act as ambassadors and sweep the common areas and empty the trash more regularly. Downtown Cincinnati has employed this very successfully and it has gone a long way toward changing the perception of downtown for the better.
I think the city should organize such a civic opportunity - what do you say?