No dumping


This section of the sidewalk on my street serves as an open-air trash bin. This despite a spray-painted message that clearly forbids dumping. But when there’s no bin nearby, this nice little sidewalk-less spot must seem like a logical place to leave trash for the garbage truck or trash-guy who comes around with his broom and bin-on-wheels.

Actually, I took this picture for the Chinese characters on the cardboard, a common sight here since Chinese manufacturers import tons and tons of low-cost merchandise. I know I know, this doesn’t make Morocco any different from most places in the world in these days.

Just so we’re clear, by the way, it occurs to me that some may interpret this post as simply sending the message that “streets in Morocco are dirty!” and implying that “Moroccans are dirty!” This is a cultural projection, and a topic worth a few doctorates in Anthropology. I’m interested less in casting judgment here than showing an example of how the built environment shapes behavior (look! no sidewalk! anything goes!) and how Chinese manufacturing has made its way not only to shops in Morocco, but also to the streets.

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4 responses to “No dumping

  1. theglobalsouth

    this post is as typically well-done and thoughtful as i’ve come to expect and enjoy on your blog, but i must confess that one of the things i most enjoyed about it was your emphatic disclaimer! critics beware!🙂

  2. Megan Bhatia

    Kathleen – as always, you have a very insightful view of your surroundings! I love the line you wrote: “showing an example of how the built environment shapes behavior”…I couldn’t agree more!

    This topic seems to be on my mind more and more these days so I was thrilled to read that you think about it as well! No doubt…you did go to Casablanca to study urban planning:) It’s such an interesting thought how we not only shape our environments, but our environments shape us. And not just our physical environment, but all types of environments – societal, family, work/school, spiritual, mental, etc. The empowering part is knowing that we can change these environments to change behavior…it’s also the most challenging part!

    Thanks for the opportunity to share a quick thought!

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