Public Private Boundaries

and a Messy Wedding

republished with permission from the ABCDurham Listserve #4815

a note from downtown resident Aaron Averill

I was surprised to wander across a HUGE wedding in CCB plaza
yesterday. How fun to see the trajectory the downtown has taken.
It looked like a delightful affair, and I watched with curiosity
as the event crew cleaned up the rented trees, plants, and
chairs, restoring the plaza to public use. I really wish I had
gotten the name of the event crew, or the name of the couple that
was married…

photo by Aaron Averill

photo by Aaron Averill

Today when I was walking my dog, 24 hours after the event, I was
surprised and saddened to find the entire plaza and surrounding
green areas covered in gold plastic confetti. We had a slight
wind and I noticed the plastic blowing into the storm drains, to
wash out, presumably, to the Eno River and into the Durham
watershed. As I continued walking my dog, three blocks away I
noticed a single lonely piece of golden confetti. I wondered to
myself, how far will the trash from this wedding travel?

photo by Aaron Averill

photo by Aaron Averill

Am I wrong to think that this should have been cleaned up by the
people that ran the wedding event? Or is this a responsibility of
the Durham City cleanup folks or parks and rec? Or maybe the
confetti is biodegradable and will disappear naturally? If not, I
find it a little puzzling that someone renting a public space
would be allowed to trash it like this. Are there no rules for
use of public spaces? Is there accountability for misuse? Or is
it just the case that nobody cares about the appearance and
ecological impact of our city except me?

photo by Aaron Averill

photo by Aaron Averill

I don’t even know where or how to begin to address this, and it
will literally “blow away” in a week or two. Thoughtful feedback
is appreciated if anyone cares about this.


Please comment below or at ABCDurham here.


Editor’s Note: I agree with Aaron that surely there should be accountability for the use of this kind of public space. I assume someone from the City of Durham will be responding┬átout suite. Not that it would have helped in this case, but at the Clarion Content we continue to be disappointed that an ostensibly green city like Durham has lots of public trash cans downtown and hardly any public recycling options.

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