When members of Ok Go! told SFians they were a dirty sort at last weekend’s Outside Lands, they may have been onto something. The city reports in their annual Street and Sidewalk Maintenance Standards report that street cleanliness scores were significantly worse than last year, while sidewalk cleanliness was just marginally worse than last year.

Scores related to graffiti, trash receptacles, and landscaping showed slight improvement, and an issue SF has focused on, illegal dumping scores were marginally better too.

Scores on the presence of feces, needles, broken glass were significantly worse. Ouch. You can read the entire report here, we’ve posted the breakdown of scores below.

The Chron’s Matier and Ross are quick to point out that one of the reasons our cleanliness has slid is due to the loss of 90 full-time street sweepers who were being paid with federal stimulus money.

The Ex adds that a recently reinstated program that hires and trains residents to walk busy streets may help the city’s scores improve come next fiscal year.

Despite the dismal news of our cleanliness, we’re still cleaner than we were two years ago.


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Always in motion. April Siese writes about music, takes photos at shows, and even helps put them on behind the scenes as a stagehand. She's written everything from hard news to beauty features, as well as fiction and poetry. She most definitely likes pie.

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