posted photos of the rather filthy conditions on the block between President and Union Streets on Smith Street. The block is home to a Rite Aid, but also has an empty lot that was once used as an indie market. The market stopped operating in 2010, but the tent and metal booths used by vendors stayed behind. Around the empty lot, garbage has been accumulating and Rita Aid has been storing empty cans and old shelving in the tent. The trash and the graffiti that has been sprayed on the metal booths have made the block look rather decrepit and ugly.
Many of you concurred that the situation is unacceptable.
After I posted photos and wrote about the history of the block, many of you gathered contact info on the landlord and on Rite Aid management.
Well, dear readers, your calls and/or emails must have helped, because yesterday, a crew emptied the tent and collected all the trash near the booths. And it looks much better.
Let's hope that they will remove the unsightly tent and booths as well.
What would you like to see on that empty lot? A nursery? A food vendor? A place to park bicycles for those who ride to the subway?
Perhaps we can work with the landlord and Rite Aid to come up with something that will work for everyone in the community.