And before most of us get up in the morning, an army of porteros is at work cleaning the sidewalk and driveway in front of the buildings. Sometime after 6:00, and certainly by 7:00, the hoses and brooms come out. In Buenos Aires, the sidewalks need cleaning every morning; the dog poop and garbage that collects through the day is amazing. This is a city of dog owners who haven't quite picked up the global memo about picking up. It's one of the truly disgusting things about this wonderful city.
Washing down the street itself is important for a portero too, but only in front of his building.
All of this cleaning seems to happen every day. Weekends and holidays too. It's an important job and all of us should be grateful for the work of the porteros, here in BA, and everywhere else it happens too.