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'When we remove a resource, other resources get stretched.'

Amy Liao

Kensington resident and Esperanza Health Center employee

Personally, I don’t usually use the Somerset Station. But I know that if it’s closed, for me, there will be more traffic at Allegheny — which is what I usually use — and Huntingdon [stations]. Just thinking about the ripple effects. When we remove a resource, other resources get stretched.

I know that there is a lot of trash and litter and a lot of syringes and needles, which are pretty hazardous. I do walk through this Kensington corridor every now and then, and it makes it challenging to walk through these areas when trying to avoid stepping on things besides sidewalk.

There are many layers of problems that contribute to the condition of the corridor. Broadly speaking, [solutions are] encouraging people to look out for their neighbors, taking time to be present with people who feel isolated or alone, and then perhaps [adding] more trash cans or more sharps containers.

I do see a lot of volunteers coming regularly to do cleanups. But, the wind still blows more trash. 

And there’s also a problem with dumping. That’s something that some of my neighbors and I have been working on addressing in our community. A solution we’ve discussed was perhaps more consequences for those who are caught dumping. Making it easier for smaller businesses or smaller contractors to dispose of their waste in affordable ways, so that they feel like they can financially use sanitation in the proper ways, and then actually implementing the consequences if they are caught dumping.

I think it’s definitely more holistic to have broader representation, although it might seem less efficient [at first]. In the long run, it might be more efficient to have more representation at the table.

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