some listserve traffic about it, there's trash getting dumped and the city hasn't done anything about it, despite it getting reported by residents. As the resident puts it, there are two issues: one, that the city needs to take care of the trash dumping issue, and two, that they need to respond to citizen complaints.
Jim Graham got involved and contacted DPW, who said they sent out a team and were waiting for a response, but residents aren't so sure it happened.
Not a great situation for the folks whose houses are on the alley, but at least it brings the issue up. If you see trash getting dumped, report it to the city. If it keeps happening, it can cause real health issues with rats and more, aside from just looking bad.
And make sure they actually follow-up on your complaints!