The change I'd like to see is some kind of sharing of a dumpster-sized bin by apartment and townhouse dwellers on the same high-density block. The size of the mixed paper bin now provided to apartment buildings in Vancouver discourages recycling of paper boxes. Many are so big, they would take up an entire bin even if cut and folded.
If you haven't seen Mount Pleasant yet (just opened this weekend) it's worthwhile - and yes, it means "Mount Pleasant", a neighbourhood in Vancouver. In addition to being a good film, it does an excellent job of teasing out the issues we grapple with in gastown/downtown eastside and of course Mt. Pleasant, among other 'hoods.
How can you not become a vigilante when your toddler picks up a needle on the sidewalk? How can you feel compassion when it's so, tiring-ly in your face, all the time (and on a personal front: most of the time I don't get bothered when asked for spare change, and if I happen to have any, I'll often respond. But sometimes I want to yell, "Do you have any idea how many 'of you' have asked me for money in the past block? And NO, I don't have any freaking change!" For the record, I manage to hold my tongue).The movie does a great job of pointing out the legitimate concerns/complaints of those who simply 'want the streets cleaned up'.