Alternate reality: Nabe seeks less street-cleaning

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Sanitation officials told The Stoop this week they aren’t about to reduce street-cleaning in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill so that residents can enjoy the same perk as their upscale pals in Park Slope and Brooklyn Heights: the right to leave their cars in one space for most of the week.

“We have no plans to reduce the amount of street-cleaning in Fort Greene or Clinton Hill,” said Kathy Dawkins, a Sanitation spokeswoman.

Currently, motorists in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill have to move their cars two to four times a week to accommodate street cleaning, while Slope and Heights drivers only need move their cars once or twice.

“We only want what they have,” said resident Susan Butler. She and other members of the Fort Greene Association have asked Councilwoman Letitia James (D–Prospect Heights) to fight City Hall.

“Constituents think [the schedule] is inconvenient and nothing more than a revenue-generator,” James told The Stoop. “I tend to agree.”

“I spoke to [Department of Transportation] Commissioner [Iris] Weinshall last week about changing the schedule, and she was receptive,” added James.

Weinshall — herself a Slope resident, albeit one with a driver — may be open to the issue, but Sanitation said no.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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