Since overall maintenance and cleanliness of our neighborhoods is not always a priority for SF residents (“As long we can’t smell rotten eggs, we’re fine!), the San Francisco Department of Public Works is apparently striving to shed some light with their venture, “Spruce Up by Sun Up.”
According to a press release sent to media, after a thorough inspection of a 20-block span along Church Street, 24th, and Potrero Avenue, the SFDPW’s inspectors have determined a number of issues that must be conquered by both private property owners and the City – awnings cluttered with graffiti, dirty, trash-ladened sidewalks, tree care issues, and possibly the worst, a complete lack of garbage service at 31 different properties.
According to the SFDPW, the result is trash and debris being illegally left on the street. Speaking of dumping, this unhygienic practice results in the dumping of an extra 2 million dollars on our city’s taxpayers. Not exactly the type of gift we were hoping for, when tax season rolls around.
In addition to the aforementioned issues, the SFDPW also came across trees with height clearance issues, uplifted and broken sidewalks, bus zones and crosswalks that needing repainting, and missing sewer vent covers.
The SFDPW will notify either City departments or private property owners for issues thare their responsibility. If inspectors found such an assortment of inadequate delights in a zone of 20 blocks, we can only imagine the work that remains to be done throughout the rest of the city.
All merchants and property owners have received an inspection schedule with detailed information on the City maintenance standards for garbage receptacles, tree maintenance; storefronts, awnings, and sidewalks, in effort to jump-start the clean-up process.
“Information gathered from the Spruce Up campaign helps us not only clean up the city, but allows us to target our inspections and outreach efforts to best help neighborhoods stay clean and green,” said Mohammed Nuru, Deputy Director for Operations at DPW, said in the press release.
The program continues through February 2011, and continues tomorrow with an inspection along 16th Street in the Mission District and along Geary Street near Union Square. More information is available at the SFDPW’s website.