Britain: City of Filth

City of Filth

Sidewalks littered with rotting garbage and crumpled packaging. Roadsides strewn with sodden mattresses, broken chairs and abandoned supermarket carts. Concluded a report by Britain's Royal Fine Art Commission last week: "London has become dirty, degrading and depressing."

The commission attributed the filth in the British capital to a lack of personal discipline on the part of its 6.8 million inhabitants, and targeted everything from fast-food establishments to dog owners as contributors to the squalor. It went on to suggest 120 ways for London to clean up its act. Among them: bigger litter bins, special cleanup crews to swoop in and clear...

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