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Diplomats of Dust

By ARMAND EMAMDJOMEH The 21-year old “community ambassador” beams as he sweeps discarded cigarettes, bus tickets and newspapers from the gum-peppered sidewalk. Diplomacy in his realm is particularly sticky: to keep the five blocks of Mission Street between 22nd and Cesar Chavez clean. “I see a lot of people standing right in front of a trash can, and still throwing...

60 Seconds: Missionites Talk Trash

Ever since our fearless editor noticed that there are more waste receptacles per block in Noe Valley than on Mission Street, we’ve been talking trash. Now it’s the neighborhood’s turn. We took to the streets, asking, “Where does trash come from?” and “What do you do about it?” Did people have opinions? Boy, did they ever. Way more than 60...

Got Trash? The Dirt on Littering in the Mission

Paula Ginsburg takes a sip of red wine and looks out at the ocean from her table at the Beach Chalet on the edge of Golden Gate Park. “I don’t see a single piece of trash,” she says. Ginsburg, a retired teacher from Everett Middle School, is taking a break from the Mission District to reflect on her latest project....

Mission 311 Calls Visualized, Looks Trashy

It’s confirmed: the Mission has a lot of trash and graffiti — at least, it has the most people complaining about it. In fact, in 2013 the Mission had more complaints about these issues, among others, than any other neighborhood in the city. Using 311 call data provided by the city’s open data program, Mission Local tabulated that Missionites call the...

Dolores Park Video Taker Considers a Park Clean Up

A Dolores Park visitor who took video of a confrontation between his friends and some parks enforcement officers who cited them for playing amplified music says he could have handled the situation better. Matthew Card, who recorded an encounter with Recreation and Parks officer J. Chan after being cited for playing amplified music, said he and his friends are now thinking...

Dolores Park Follies: Where Are The People From?

Before the clouds and wind really rolled in last Saturday, I went to Dolores Park to do an informal survey. Where are all these people from, I wondered. Has the park become a tourist trap? A local hotspot? A Bay Area wide phenomenon? I asked about 150 people where they currently live, though not everyone as focused as any data analyst...

Dolores Park Follies: Sorting Out Weekend Trash

The city, Recology and the Park and Recreation Department are working together to mitigate the mountains of trash left in Dolores Park every weekend, after citizens have gotten increasingly vocal about their dismay at the trashed park. Supervisor Scott Wiener joined representatives from the parks department and from Recology to unveil an “Eco Pop-up,” a row of three dumpsters for landfill waste, compost,...