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By Ken Trainor

Staff writer

What is the main cause of littering (other than uncivilized slobs) on Oak Park Avenue in the Hemingway District? The Tribune's RedEye. Because it's free and accessible, commuters (among others) take them out of the news box, read them until the bus arrives, then leave the paper on the bench. The wind takes it from there, spreading the pages up and down the sidewalk and street. So the wind is partly to blame, Redeye is partly to blame, and readers are partly to blame.

The result is an unsightly mess.

That's not the whole problem. Each morning you can find the traces of the uncivilized slobs. But Redeye pages scattered by the wind is a lot more noticeable. Any ideas on how to solve it?



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Sharon Bergmann from Oak Park  

Posted: September 12th, 2013 4:47 PM

How about $500 fines, it will help the city. Otherwise add more trash cans and less free papers .


Posted: September 12th, 2013 4:34 PM

I live down near Longfellow Park and my wife and I easily fill up a plastic grocery bag with trash/litter every time we take our dog a walk. We can walk our dog in the morning, fill up trash bag, and then walk the same route in the afternoon and again fill up a trash bag.

Alan from Oak Park  

Posted: September 12th, 2013 3:07 PM

I see the problem the article is referring to but this littering is much broader in Oak Park than just this area. I am constantly picking up trash and liquor bottles and the constant ad pamphlets and I live on Scoville.It would not address the situation in the article but I would really like to see the stop of ad pamphlets constantly being put on our porches and doors and than being blown into the neighbors yards.

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