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Lowell Trash Causes Concern as Community Redevelops



    Business Owners Fed Up as Trash Piles Up in Lowell

    Businesses in the Massachusetts neighborhood are getting fed up with trash on the streets. 

    (Published Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018)

    What you can find on the streets of Lowell, you can find in a store.

    There was a sneaker, a glove and loaves of bread.

    Rosemarie Surprenant, owner of Rosie's Cafe on Marston Street, says the most disgusting thing she found was underwear on the street.

    Feet away from her business, she found blank underwear bundled up on the road.

    She called it "embarassing."

    "I think we need more (trash) barrels down here," said Surprenant." "I think if there were more barrels they would perhaps use it."

    Down the block from the coffee shop, a $200 million courthouse is being built - a sign of growth that neighbors say they don't want stunted by gross conditions.

    "They should be doing more work down here and cleaning up the streets," said Marcia Bognanni of Dracut.

    At the Owl Diner, they send workers outside everyday with a broom and bucket in hand to collect the garbage.

    "I think the city is doing the best they can with the help they have," said Kerrie Peaslee, manager of Owl Diner. "I think it's the responsibility of people just being neater and responsible with their trash."

    At the diner, Chris Voegelan sat in a booth, visiting Lowell from Reading.

    "I'm absolutely appauled how much trash not only in the sidewalks, in the street, I'm finding needles," he said.

    A needle was found among the trash two blocks from the diner.

    It's a concern for parents trying to walk down the street.

    "It can be kind of scary walking a kid because you don't know if they bend down and touch something it could be something really scary and dangerous," said Rose Bognanni of Lowell.

    NBC10 Boston reached out to see how the city is handling this.

    The City Manager's office was called.

    The call was then transfered to the Mayor's office who then transfered the call back to the city manager's office.

    A message and phone number were left.

    The call was not returned.

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