Spot on from one of my readers after seeing this mess on Hillside below.
You’ve said it many times in many ways: something like this wouldn’t be tolerated – for more than a few hours – in any number of other communities in Queens: it’s almost is if the people who live here are comfortable living in trash. When concerned citizens get involved by reporting the condition via 311 and get a nonsensical response: ‘inspector sent: no condition observed’, and you see the same pile (or the illegally parked dumpsters you posted a few days ago), what message is NYC sending? The city is telling you effectively: ‘stop bothering us: we see this all the time, this is how you people live, if you don’t give a shit, why should we?’ In other words, they have basically written-off the community.
You don’t see this in Forest Hills, because so many people would voice their outrage, they hold their leaders accountable, and they expect them to ACT on their behalf: to do the jobs they were elected to do. None of those forces are in play here in Jamaica. Developers might force some of these improvements, but it looks like its going to be a long road ahead.