Here’s when the city plans to clean your neighborhood as part of Mayor Parker’s ‘clean and green’ initiative [Philly Inquirer]

(Originally posted by the Philly Inquirer May 31, 2024)

Starting Monday, Lower Northeast Philadelphia neighborhoods like Frankford and Bridesburg and parts of Kensington will be swarmed by crews picking up trash, towing abandoned cars, and filling potholes.

They’ll be the first areas to benefit from Mayor Cherelle L. Parker’s promise to clean every neighborhood this summer, city officials announced Friday.

The following week, the operation will move to North Philadelphia neighborhoods including Olney and Hunting Park. Then they will head south to Strawberry Mansion and Brewerytown.

The cleaning crews will include workers from a dozen government agencies, including city departments like streets and sanitation as well as the Philadelphia Parking Authority. They will move weekly from June 3 to Aug. 26, with the targeted areas corresponding to the city’s 13 sanitation districts.

For individual blocks, the operation will feel like a one-day blitz. Residents should expect crews to show up on the next business day after their trash day, said Carlton Williams, the administration’s director of clean and green initiatives.

“We have challenges with illegal dumping, blighted buildings and lots, abandoned cars, graffiti and nuisance businesses,” Williams said at a City Hall news conference Friday. “We’re forming a united front of city agencies, businesses, and community groups to ensure a citywide effort against urban decay. We’re taking action.”

Williams said they plan to “deep clean” every block in the city, but he asked for patience and encouraged residents to report missed blocks to the city for follow-up.

Members of the cleanup crews will use a mobile app to take photos logging their work, and residents will be able to follow along with the progress at www.officeofcleanandgreen.org, Williams said.

Parker, who took office in January, ran for mayor last year on a platform of making Philly the “safest, cleanest and greenest big city in the nation,” and her administration has described the summer cleaning effort as unprecedented for Philadelphia.

The only comparable initiative was Mayor John F. Street’s citywide blight-removal program, Williams said, but that didn’t involve the comprehensive suite of services that the Parker administration hopes to deploy.

The administration, for instance, plans to clean 10 to 20 schools in each of the 13 sanitation districts, remove graffiti, issue code violations to businesses breaking city regulations, and do landscaping work — including adding soil, grass and fencing to 330,000 square feet of vacant land.

Williams said it’s not yet clear what the price tag for the program will be, but added that the administration will release a total when the effort ends.

Here’s the neighborhood cleaning schedule for this summer, according to the plans released Friday:

  1. Week 1 (June 3 to 5): Frankford, Juniata, Harrowgate, Kensington, Richmond, Bridesburg

  2. Week 2 (June 10 to 14): Hunting Park, Olney, Fern Rock, East Oak Lane, Feltonville, Franklin

  3. Week 3 (June 17 to 22): Glenwood, Strawberry Mansion, Brewerytown, Tioga, Allegheny West

  4. Week 4 (June 24 to 28): Fairhill, West Kensington, Fishtown, Northern Liberties, Poplar, Yorktown

  5. Week 5 (July 1 to 6): East Parkside, Wynnefield, Haddington, Overbrook, Cobbs Creek

  6. Week 6 (July 8 to 12): West Parkside, Mantua, University City, Southwest, Kingsessing, Eastwick

  7. Week 7 (July 15 to 19): Grays Ferry, Point Breeze, Center City, Pennsport, Society Hill, Old City, Chinatown

  8. Week 8 (July 22 to 26): East Passyunk, Girard Estates, Packer Park, Stadium District

  9. Week 9 (July 29 to Aug. 2): Logan, Ogontz, West Oak Lane, Germantown, East Mount Airy, Nicetown

  10. Week 10 (Aug. 5 to 9): East Falls, Chestnut Hill, Roxborough, Manayunk, West Mount Airy, Wissahickon

  11. Week 11 (Aug. 12 to 16): Somerton, Bustleton, Rhawnhurst, Burholme, Fox Chase

  12. Week 12 (Aug. 19 to 23): Holmesburg, Torresdale, Pennypack, Byberry

  13. Week 13 (Aug. 26 to 30): Tacony, Wissinoming, Oxford Circle, Lawndale, Mayfair, Summerdale

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