Back in town for the first time in a while, and I'm distressed by the amount of litter I'm seeing. In this case, the litter is specifically cigarette butts, the disgusting residue of a filthy and selfish bad habit.
They're everywhere, but I noticed a high concentration of them all around the perimeter of Mellon Square. Apparently people sit on the ledge and smoke, then just drop the butt on the ground when they're done. The city can't clean this up? People who stay at the William Penn Hotel must have a horrible impression of Pittsburgh when they step out of the building and see the filth on the sidewalk. Smokers can't do a better job of getting rid of their butts?
How about this: Make it a $50 littering fine to drop a butt on the sidewalk. It will cure the problem in no time, and for the first week or so, it will be a goldmine for the city.