Did You Know That the NYC Department of Sanitation Has an Anthropologist in Residence

Her name is Robin Nagle and she is quoted in this great story from The City about how all the rich people leaving Manhattan for their second homes has meant less garbage to be picked up, while middle class people in Queens and Staten Island being cooped up in their apartments has led to a spike in pickups. Raymond Copeland, a sanitation worker in southeast Queens, died of coronavirus-related complications earlier this month. As of Friday morning, 414 sanitation workers had tested positive for COVID-19. “Like a canary in a coal mine,” Nagle said, garbage “is a key indicator of social change.”

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