Is the entire city of SLO turning into one giant homeowners association — with the City Council as its by-the-book board of directors? We thought we’d ask, because the city’s requirement to shield trash cans and green waste and recycling containers from public view — with the exception of pickup day — strikes us as a tad tyrannical.
No outdoor clothes lines?
No garden gnomes or wind chimes?
No pink or purple houses — unless they happen to be Victorians?
No, trash cans aren’t particularly attractive, but if that’s your idea of blight, you need to get out more.
The fact is, not every home, especially if it’s older, was built with a shed or screen to hide waste containers from passersby. Under the city’s new law, owners of such houses will either have to build some type of shelter for their cans, or store them in a garage, side yard or other inconvenient place.
One more concern: In this era of declining tax revenues, do we really want city employees running out to investigate trash can complaints?
Certainly, overflowing trash containers should not be left in front of houses for days on end. That is indeed a health hazard. But containers stored discreetly — even if they are visible from the street — are not a public menace.
So here’s an idea: If the sight of a trash can or recycling container is too much to bear, how about looking the other way?