street-sweepingapp.jpgWhy do some streets not get cleaned in San Francisco?

“It depends on whether a certain street is maintained by the city or not,” DPW’s Larry Stringer told me. “Property owners along a certain block may decide that they want their street swept, and submit a petition.”

You can do so here; you’ll have to collect as many neighbors’ signatures “as possible” and explain why you think your street should be cleaned. If your petition’s approved, you’ll get your own “street sweeping” signs within a few months and find out how stressful it is to have to remember to move your car every Tuesday at 9 a.m.

You can also submit a petition to have street sweeping services taken away via the same website. If your request goes through, that means no more sweet sweeping parking tickets (but probably a very dirty street?).

Stringer told me some streets are automatically cleaned because they are “hot spots,” which is seemingly code for “high activity of homeless people.” “[The City] will constantly clean ‘hot spot’ areas due to high activity.”

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  • Greg Dewar

    streets that get a lot of traffic qualify as automatics too, they get a lot of dust and debris from large volumes of auto traffic…live near a street like Lincoln and you’ll notice a lot of dust on your windows and near your windows if you keep your windows open….plus soot, smog, etc.

  • Greg Dewar

    streets that get a lot of traffic qualify as automatics too, they get a lot of dust and debris from large volumes of auto traffic…live near a street like Lincoln and you’ll notice a lot of dust on your windows and near your windows if you keep your windows open….plus soot, smog, etc.

  • frenchjr25

    In the Tenderloin they have water trucks that drive down the street spraying disenfectant. It is terrible to have to step around human waste every morning when leaving home and then every night when coming back. I live in Lower Nob Hill and in my block the mess is just as bad as the Tenderloin, which is only a block away.

    The City does send public works workers to sweep the sidewalks, but they take a couple of hours to do one block. They sit in their vehicles talking on the phone. Stand around smoking. They can be seen in the same spot for more than 3 hours. It is crazy.

  • frenchjr25

    In the Tenderloin they have water trucks that drive down the street spraying disenfectant. It is terrible to have to step around human waste every morning when leaving home and then every night when coming back. I live in Lower Nob Hill and in my block the mess is just as bad as the Tenderloin, which is only a block away.

    The City does send public works workers to sweep the sidewalks, but they take a couple of hours to do one block. They sit in their vehicles talking on the phone. Stand around smoking. They can be seen in the same spot for more than 3 hours. It is crazy.

  • dogfella

    Some streets are dirtier than others because of the people who walk on those streets. you don’t see dirty streets in nice neighborhoods because yuppies and homeowners take care of their streets. Not that there aren’t any renters planting & cleaning but a lot fewer. Yuppies don’t litter. According to DPW, the city spends more cleaning the Mission than any other neighborhood. When the city tried to add more street cleaning, people stormed city hall saying the city was trying to get more parking ticket money out of them. Sooo DUM.

  • dogfella

    Some streets are dirtier than others because of the people who walk on those streets. you don’t see dirty streets in nice neighborhoods because yuppies and homeowners take care of their streets. Not that there aren’t any renters planting & cleaning but a lot fewer. Yuppies don’t litter. According to DPW, the city spends more cleaning the Mission than any other neighborhood. When the city tried to add more street cleaning, people stormed city hall saying the city was trying to get more parking ticket money out of them. Sooo DUM.