The Downtown Merchants Association can’t do much about the same-old, same-old mix of (mostly women’s clothing) chain stores. It can’t instantly turn Main Street into a hip, cool destination.
But it can clean up garbage.
According to Westport Patch, the DMA recently purchased 5 new trash cans, and 2 cigarette receptacles, for the area. The total cost was $4,200.
They’ll be “strategically placed” downtown, in areas where people congregate. That includes Parker Harding Plaza by the river, and near benches.
That’s interesting — and necessary. Between workers on cigarette breaks and shoppers who casually leave coffee cups wherever they please, the supposedly high-end area often looks scruffy.
But the money quote belongs to Stephen R. Desloge, president of the DMA.
“It’s a challenge to find out who is supposed to clean up downtown,” he says.
A challenge? The answer is simple:
All of us.