Once upon a time, the Project for Public Spaces lauded Seventh Avenue in Park Slope for many reasons, including, "For a busy New York City street, 7th Ave is fairly clean. There are trash cans on every corner, and members of the neighborhood care enough about it to avoid littering." But lately, it's been a lot stinkier. That's because no one is picking up the trash:

For months, trash cans have consistently overflowed — dripping fluids that smell like rotting Chinese food and funky frat boy socks — into the restaurant-lined strip. ... That’s because the city’s trash collection schedule is not frequent enough to keep the bustling street clean — and elected officials have chosen not to renew a contract with the Doe Fund, a non-profit that hires homeless men for clean-up crews.

Residents and business owners are peeved about the mess. Because the businesses on 7th Avenue have not formed a formal merchant's association, which requires members to pay additional taxes to fund sanitation efforts, the only real option is for Park Slope locals— particularly business owners—to clean up after themselves.

Luckily, the Park Slope Civic Council plans to do just that with a planned Civic Sweep on October 16, and perhaps the local residents will step up to demonstrate their responsibility to their neighborhood.