Let me say that any discussion about dog poo in this post is not a criticism of the poor animal but rather the owners. I would also like to add that I love Paris, where I lived for six years, and New York, where I have been several times and will now stay in Manhattan for a few months.
Here’s my analysis of why New York dog poop is worse than in Paris. In Paris, about 90% of dogs are tiny little things. In New York, maybe 60% or small, 30% are mid-size, and 10% are large. That means a lot more sizable poop.
There seems to be a lot more of it here in New York. I am sure I have to watch where I’m going even more than I did in Paris. In addition, Paris doesn’t have grass along the sides of the sidewalks and buildings; thus, when an animal urinates, It may end up being smelly and disgusting, but there’s no visible sign that they were there. That is not the case in New York. Urination has killed much of the grass. It is terrible.
Even during the six years we were in Paris; we noticed that residents were beginning to scoop up a lot more than they used to. Seven years later, I don’t see much progress in New York City. It’s everywhere. At least in Paris tourist areas, it didn’t exist.
Do you think New York City needs to do something about the dog poop situation?
Here is an article from last summer that highlights my views:
While Montreal doesn’t have these issues, it does have its challenges.