A new thing has appeared about half to two-thirds of the way east along the south sidewalk of the 1400 block of West Broadway. I’m referring to the chromed-steel cigarette butt disposal tube newly bolted to the sidewalk beside the trash can at the 99 B-Line bus stop.
Some nicotine-addicted bus riders appear to at least be trying to bung their butts into this city-provided receptacle. On Thursday (August 11) I saw two or three cigarette butts littered around the base of the thing.
There are potentially a few things going against the success of the city’s locked ashtray in this location. First, it faces stiff competition from the large, easier-to-use, sand-filled ashtray, conveniently located just steps away in front of the entrance to Joey on West Broadway, a popular upscale restaurant.