What Grievances Do You Have With Your Local Community?

What Grievances Do You Have With Your Local Community?

In “Your Tales of Subway Hell,” Emma G. Fitzsimmons writes:

Crowded platforms. Long delays waiting for a train. Trash cans overflowing.

Scrolling through Twitter, these are common scenes in 2018 on the New York City subway.

Last year, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo declared a state of emergency for New York City’s troubled subway.

We investigated how the system descended into crisis. More than a year later, it can feel like little has changed.

The M.T.A. is spending nearly a billion dollars on emergency repairs. But subway leaders say more than $40 billion is needed to rebuild the subway and make it reliable again.

In “Your Tales of Trash Hell,” Winnie Hu writes:

Rotting milk cartons. Dirty baby diapers. Old mattresses. Bulky Amazon boxes. It’s all part of the 12,000 tons of trash and recyclables that New Yorkers throw away every single day.

An army of about 8,000 uniformed sanitation workers haul away all this trash. It is the largest municipal waste operation in the country, with a $1.7 billion annual operating budget. …

But even that is not always enough. Every day New Yorkers take to social media to complain about the overflowing litter baskets and piles of trash bags languishing on the curbs.

In “Your Tales of La Guardia Airport Hell,” Patrick McGheehan writes:

After years of being derided by travelers, New Yorkers and politicians alike as belonging in a developing country, La Guardia, an airport that sits on a chockablock site in northern Queens, is finally getting an $8 billion makeover.

But three years into the massive construction project, traffic at the airport has been so gridlocked on some days that travelers have resorted to exiting their vehicles and dragging their luggage between cars to get to the terminal.

And, in “Your Tales of Subway Escalator Hell,” Ms. Fitzsimmons writes:

We have all been there. You come across a broken escalator on the subway and suddenly you’re climbing up a long staircase with a pack of grumbling New Yorkers.

Out of 472 subway stations, only about 25 percent are accessible to riders in wheelchairs. Some stations are so deep beneath the city that your impromptu cardio session could mean walking up 100 steps to the street.

Students, choose ONE of the articles above to read, then tell us:

  • What daily frustrations do you experience where you live? If you had to pick one thing that annoys you the most, what would it be and why? If you were to write your own headline for an installment in this series, what would it say?

  • In what ways does this issue affect you and others? Are there any specific populations that it affects more seriously? For example, people with disabilities, children, bicyclists or students? If so, who are they and how are they impacted?

  • What ideas do you have for fixing this problem? Who in your community needs to take action to address it? What can you do as an individual?

  • How would your community would be a better place for everyone to live if this issue were resolved?

Students 13 and older are invited to comment. All comments are moderated by the Learning Network staff, but please keep in mind that once your comment is accepted, it will be made public.