Yesterday, we spotted this gentleman from Public Works out ahead of the street sweeper on Marlborough Street.
He was sweeping the leaves away from the curb to enable the machine to do a better job at collecting them.
He coordinated his work with the driver of the street sweeper.
He also took a moment, now and then, to clear a sidewalk of leaves in front of buildings where the residents had not taken advantage of the street sweeping schedule to push their leaves to the curb.
As you can see in the photo above, this resulted in a great job! A big thank you to someone who obviously takes pride in his work.
If this is the new way of clearing leaves, we hope not to see a mess linger into the winter like we did last year. (See our post: The Case for Year-Round Street Sweeping.)
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Words: Penny & Ed Cherubino
Photography: © 2014 Penny Cherubino