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Published Jul. 9, 2010

Re: "New trash pickups a surprise for some" - article, June 25

I just read your article on garbage pickup in Seminole Heights. I live in Seminole Heights and when I heard about the new protocol, I really didn't think anything of it, other than the fact that I'd have to park so that there was room for the new garbage can to roll down the driveway. When our neighbors started complaining about it, it didn't even occur to me that some of these historic houses are built so that getting the cans to the street is a near-impossible task. Some of our neighbors don't have driveways in the front and their front yards are elevated, so that means lifting a 40- to 50-pound trash can and setting it down a 3-foot drop to the front sidewalk. Doing that once or twice a week is just asking for back problems. So, it's not just aesthetics that is causing the rebellion here in my neighborhood. We're looking out for our health.

Jennifer Alfonso, Seminole Heights