So anyone who lives or walks near MARC knows about the 18th street sludge trench. It's pretty incredible really. I've dipped a ruler six-inches into an especially vicious portion of this cess pit. Now the Catharine and Fitzwater side streets aren't too much prettier, but nothing takes the cake like 18th Street. And to those cynics among you (the one's who say why don't you do something about it...) i'm the guy who walks this loop with his goldendoodle scooping up bags of trash daily. Here's a brief photo essay, that spans ohhh, about one eighth of the block:
In a way, the sludge pit acts like a time capsule...capturing human remnants for decades to come. Perhaps there's a bakelite collectible at the very bottom.
It's like a human-waste layer cake.
Anthropologically speaking, i suppose if you took a cross-section of the sludge you'd be able to date back how long the remains have been there--like rings on a tree.
I suppose there are worse things in the 'hood. But presumably, doesn't MARC have some sort of janitorial staff? Anyone? Do they clean their toilets once every century too? It's kind of crummy that a neighborhood rec center can be both wonderful and a blight simultaneously. Dear MARC/SOSNA any chance you guys can crack this one? It's not good for anybody.