Garbagescapes, Lyon 2012
As the great Lyon garbage strike of 2012 reaches its endgame, I thought this would be a nice time for a photographic review of the neighborhood during the past few weeks.
But what happens when they stop taking the garbage away?
Angered by the imminent privatization of a certain percentage of Lyon's trash-removal operation, 17 days ago a majority of Lyon's garbage gurus decided to stop working. While we won't achieve the same level of suffering endured by the poor citizens of Naples for much of the last 20 years, make no mistake: garbage professionals control the well-being of a crowded city at least as much as police, firefighters and medical personnel. While the story is interesting in its own rite—it has made national news, mayor Gérard Collomb threatened to send in the army and the tale of the strike's final hours is now public—I think I'll let the pictures do the talking.
I hope they take this person's car away when they come for the garbage. He or she is parked in a crosswalk, after all.
This unlucky person's car, on the other hand, has actually been covered in garbage...
...while the cars parked in these spots simply gave up and turned into garbage.
This garbagescape is right next to a park full of children's playthings and a community center. Nice!
The door to the right of the pillar just behind this mountain of merde is the entrance to a Turkish restaurant. The terrace isn't as popular as it once was.
Just around the corner to the right of this palais de poubelle is a very good bakery that now smells very bad. I am currently patronizing one of their competitors.
And all that in just over two weeks! It smells. It sticks to your shoes when you walk. It stains everything, and occupies precious parking spaces (both real ones and erstwhile sidewalks, which are fair game for parking around here). And to think that Naples has gone without consistent garbage removal for years at a time! Quelle horreur...