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Can you pick out what doesn’t fit here? Living room furniture in the middle of the sidewalk on Florida Avenue in northeast. (Griper Russ)

As a general rule, outdoor furniture should be restricted to picnic tables and patio sets. We’re flat-out drawing the line at anything cloth-covered with stuffing. So when Griper Russ reported seeing a couch on the sidewalk for a week, we were especially thrown.

Perched at 903 Florida Ave. NE in the middle of the block, it looks like it’d be much more appropriate in the middle of someone’s living room, in front of a television or in a library.

While it is far away in the picture, we’re not entirely wedded to the idea that it’s a full-on couch; more like a comfy sofa chair or loveseat at best. Either way, Linda Grant over at the Department of Public Works said she will look into this and get back to us.

The department “does collect up to seven bulk items, such as this chair, by appointment, from residents who receive DPW trash and recycling collection services,” she said. “Just call 311 and we’ll set up an appointment, usually within seven business days.  Residents of apartment buildings with four or more units should have a private hauler to remove these items.”

We will keep you posted. In the meantime, let’s see if it’s moved down to the bus stop for a cushy wait space.  


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