The stretch of Cedar Ave. between 24th st. and Franklin Ave. is the most garbage-strewn place I have ever seen. Most common are shards of silvery plastic and other car parts,
though the trash ranges from downed light-posts that stay for months–
–to the odd crushed bike helmet–
–to a piece of light-rail upholstery–
–lying there like a scrap of transit carcass in an automotive hyena den. I bring this up not simply to gripe about it, but because I think a) the composition of garbage in this area is forensic proof that it’s unpleasant and hostile and b) people vote with their garbage, and this is a landslide victory for “it sucks.”
It can’t be overstated how much closer Phillips would feel to Cedar-Riverside without this physical and psychological barrier. An unbroken linear corridor of actual/potential buildings connecting the two neighborhoods would go a long way toward correcting the mistakes of the past.