When my wife and I still lived in West Asheville, I wondered about the sheer stupidity of the semiautomated trash pickup that cost two-thirds of the pickup crew their jobs. Oh yeah, cost saving through labor reduction. At least those two guys would sometimes pick up trash that fell. Now, we’re left with trash littering the streets and cans tossed to the side of the curb to stay however they hit the ground. These sure are an improvement worth the cost savings.
But—“cost saving”? Am I the only person who noticed that the garbage fleet now has to drive up and down every street? Double its fuel cost? Double the pollution spewed into the air? Double the noise? What a good idea.
My wife and I are so glad we moved back to Greenville, S.C., and a place that actually cares about the needs of the individuals. [A place that] doesn’t have busted water lines leaking into the streets and has less expensive utilities, lower taxes and prompt brush pickup.
After putting up with Asheville for nearly 16 years, we have concluded that Greenville is a much more sane place to live. You get way more for your tax dollar in Greenville.
— Carlos Montgomery