I Love How Clean the Mission Is!

If people were allowed to leave this much trash on Valencia St., I'm pretty sure there would be a beheading at City Hall.

Comm Ave.: If people were allowed to leave this much trash on Valencia St., I'm pretty sure the Creme Brulee Man would storm City Hall with a bomb strapped to his chest.

I recently went for a stroll through Boston’s hipster favela, Allston/Brighton, and I could not stop thinking about how goddamn clean the Mission is.  I know people portray the Mission to be one huge dumpster, but have you ever walked around another city?  We at least have weekly street sweeping and the DPW, at a minimum, feigns caring about gum on the sidewalk.  Yeah, Dolores Park can get kind of shitty sometimes, but if you want to have a park where people can get blitzed off practically every substance known to man with very little hassle, don’t expect the guy slurring his words to remember to throw away his box of Mike and Ikes.  Now, I’m going for a walk down Capp st. while tossing styrophone containers in the gutter and pissing on people’s garages.

You could probably unearth fossils between the sand and the cement.

You could probably unearth fossils between the sand and the cement.

I don't think you'll have a problem.

I don't think you'll have a problem.

In other news, Allston/Brighton has some great stencil art.  I took a bunch of pictures, but of course they all look like crap.  This flickr set is way better.

13 Responses to “I Love How Clean the Mission Is!”

  1. Tom says:

    As a former resident of that neighborhood and current Mission resident, don’t judge so harshly. You caught Allston-Brighton right as one group of students are moving out of their shithole apartments and as another group is moving in, when discarded refuse is at its highest. You can find some great stuff in the discard piles, tho, so it’s not all bad.

  2. marijane says:

    I’ve seen piles of trash approaching that size in the Mission, but never on a street as busy as Valencia, only on residential streets.

  3. J-Lub says:

    You’re out of your mind! WTF is clean about negotiating minefields of human excrement on one’s way to BART in the morning? Valencia Street is downright sterile compared to the rest of the Mission (i.e. east of Mission Street).

  4. brian says:

    Yeah, not to repeat the obvious, but Valencia is hardly what I’d offer up as an example of mission cleanliness.

  5. Jules says:

    You have got to be kidding. I can look out my window and see that much trash right now. Last week strolling down my block of Shotwell I saw two loveseats, a chair, countless flyers and fast food sacks, and more piles of excrement than I could count. Step back to reality and realize that Valencia has little if anything in common with the rest of the Mission.

  6. Stephen says:

    Hey yeah, this is bullshit. Our neighborhood, is like at least as shitty as that ok? Please try not through baseless accusations at us like this. Its offensive. So offensive I am going to go down to basement of our building and look for some weird shit to throw on the sidewalk. Then I will dump a hundred half drunk bottles of Colt 45 right on the pile.

    That’ll show those smug Boston bastards who is shittier.

    • Stephen says:

      And I meant to say “through”. I am going to through some things. Its a word. At least its good enough for me.

  7. stiiv says:

    Surely we have them beat on old big screen TVs dumped on the street! If we have to give up that medal I’m going to be very sad.

    Hey, maybe San Francisco General could dump some good ol’ medical waste over on Potrero. That’d put us in the lead for sure.

  8. Kat says:

    It’s moving season in Boston – you are in college undergrad ground zero. Get over it.

    Scrounger beware – my roommate and I (living in Brookline, Boston’s Jewish neighbor) picked up a sweet corduroy couch. It gave us fleas.

    • Kat says:

      sorry so snarky…. but seriously, SF is the worst-smelling city i’ve ever been in. I have never seen so much piss shit and vomit lining every single street. I’d take someone’s leftover Ikea furniture over human waste any day.

      • daver says:

        you’ve never been to NYC Kat have you? I just moved to Brooklyn from SF (will be back within a few years) and NYC is the most foul disgustingly dirty city ever.