Monday, October 16, 2006

Scrub Down

At a Community Leadership Alliance on Friday, October 13th, Ahsha Safai of the Department of Public Works presented the Community Corridor Partnership. The pilot is a 9 month, $1.7 million program, putting 20 'block sweepers' - city employees armed with a 44 gallon bucket, broom, mop and other cleaning tools - on 100 city blocks. They will clean for 9 hours a day, 5 days a week and have direct contact to DPW and 28-Clean.

A major goal of the program will be to encourage property owners to take ownership of their own neighborhood by creating Community Benefit Districts.  Existing San Francisco CBDs include:

Union Square
Castro/Upper Market
Noe Valley
Tenderloin/North Market
Mission Miracle Mile
Fisherman's Wharf

Shanghai currently employs 28,000 street sweepers.

New York City currently has over 600 B.I.D.'s: Business Improvement Districts.

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