• New Feature: Guess what explains some things you see everyday; today’s question is about litter

    It is a beautiful day in the neighborhood, quite literally, in Chicago’s Hyde Park today.

    On my morning stroll through this lovely area, I noticed two things that are worth explaining:

    1. The whole neighborhood is very clean. There is not much litter anywhere. Why?
      • The side streets, filled with single-family homes and low-rise apartments, have no litter at all.
    2. Still, some areas do have a bit of litter. These are areas with about the same amount of foot traffic. Why the variation?

    There are no right or wrong answers. Just your thoughts.

    And, of course, there are multiple answers that might be plausible or interesting.

    After your guesses, you are welcome to explain what your answers say about any larger issues.

    Btw, this is a description of the neighborhood (in case it helps):

    • Middle- to upper-middle class; families, couples, some students
    • Highly-educated, as you would expect near a university
    • The “main street” in our immediate area is not dense; it has small, neighborhood stores and restaurants