Messing with Texas

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“Whoever drops their litter on the street owes 51 drachmae to whoever wishes to claim them.” In other words, Don’t Mess with Paros. At least that’s what historians gathered from a road marker dating back to the times of ancient Greece, the first documented evidence of anti-littering legislation. For aesthetes, the municipal motivation is self-evident. Forget Greek islands. Picture downtown Toronto or Chicago for a moment, so clean you could eat off the sidewalks. Contrast that with the once-pristine city we know as San Francisco before unheard wealth literally laid waste to that city, a perverse tragedy for young tourists who’ve no memory of the beautiful city of yore.

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Danielle DiMartino Booth is CEO and Director of Intelligence at Quill Intelligence

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