Bird poop has long plagued the Irving Park Blue Line station, covering the sidewalks and angering commuters. So entrenched is the problem, the television station reported, that some have dubbed Irving Park the “pigeon poop station.”
Andrade, who told The Washington Post that part of the problem is a notorious pigeon-feeder (“She found God, and God told her she must save all the pigeons”), has been fighting for a solution. He’s thinking of asking the transit authority to put in a hose line for power-washing.
He said his constituents are constantly complaining to him about the birds. Some have showed him their “pigeon-poop shoes,” worn only to the station and never in the house.
After his own experience with the problem, Andrade had to go home to wash his hair before a day of meetings. He said he was lucky he didn’t have to go right downtown or report to someone.
“If I did, I would have to say, ‘Listen, I just got pooped on; I can’t make it to work this morning,’ or I got to go to work, and the first thing I got to do is wash my head at work,” he said. “So it could ruin your whole day.”
Now the issue is known to the whole world. The clip from the interview went “a little viral,” Andrade said, which he hopes will push the city of Chicago to do something. People have sent him news stories from as far away as Ireland.
“It’s quite amazing to see,” he said. “It made the Drudge Report — I mean, you’re calling.”