Care (does not equal) taking actionIMHO, to be valid the survey would need data on specific action, like how many pieces of litter are there per block. People say they care about a lot of things on which they never act.I have no doubt that almost everyone 'cares' about their physical environment. I see tremendous disparity from area to area on what action people take to keep the area looking nice. I have scooped dog poo off the neighbor's lawn and collected trash after a windy garbage collection day that left trash scattered up and down the street, and have seen my neighbors do the same. I have the same city services as the area 10 blocks north, but the blocks near my house are always clean, and the blocks north of me are always dirty.It appears to be loosely correlated to income, but I think there is more to it than that. I know of very clean low income areas, and somewhat disheveled high-ish income areas.
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Daniel Kuehn is a doctoral candidate and adjunct professor in the Economics Department at American University. He has a master's degree in public policy from George Washington University.