SPRUCE UP by SUN UP
2011 Corridors Program Newsletter Spring Edition
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Dear Community Corridor Partners,
For 22 weeks, the Department of Public Works staff, along with Recology staff, has been walking the streets of San Francisco during the pre-dawn hours. These walks are part the Community Corridors Partnership Program inspection campaign called "Spruce Up by Sun Up". The purpose of these early morning inspections has been to monitor the contributing factors to the city's visual blight as well as compare the changes that have occured since the Community Corridors Partnership Program began in 2007.
I would like to share the discoveries made during these walks. Many deficiencies were noted and then sent to the rightful owners who are responsible for correcting the defects. This includes city agencies, private agencies and private property owners.DPW is committed to doing its part for the betterment of San Francisco and its citizens. Thank you for your continued partnership and support.
Mohammed NuruDeputy Director for OperationsDepartment of Public Works
Spruce Up by Sun Up - A Community Corridors Program
The campaign to help improve the look and cleanliness of San Francisco and safety for its residents has concluded. "Spruce Up by Sun Up" is a 22 week inspection campaign lead by the Department of Public Works (DPW). From September 7, 2010 through February 24, 2011, staff walked the Corridors before the break of dawn to report deficiencies such as missing or inadequate refuse service, sidewalk cleanliness issues such as gum stains, grime and litter; trees that require attention; and graffiti and blight issues on both public and private properties.
DPW reported over 9,000 deficiencies in five months. These deficiencies include broken or sunken curbs; public furniture that need paint; bent, faded or defaced signs, clogged catch basins, and tree basins. Information is sent to the correct property owner including public and private agencies.
SPRUCE UP INSPECTION SUMMARY REPORT
Graffiti remains the number one issue in the Corridors. Percentage from the chart on the right includes graffiti both on public and private properties. Private property owners are notified to abate the graffiti. DPW removes graffiti on public furniture.
The 24% of tree issues reported include mandatory pruning, over pruning, missing, or dead trees.
17% of business owners and residential properties do not have garbage service or have insufficient or inadequate service. Refuse service in the city of San Francisco is mandatory.
Sidewalk issues include dirty, grimy or unsafe pedestrian walkway. It also includes litter on the sidewalk such as trash, debris, cigarette butts, or missing vent covers.
Top 5 Deficiencies Reported
- Instances of graffiti (both on public and private properties)
- No-garbage service
- Trees with clearance issues
- Grime, litter or cigarette butts on the sidewalk
- Mandatory recycling compliance
Top 5 Areas in Corridor with Most Deficiencies
- Potrero Avenue, Glen Park area, Mission Street (18th to 22nd Streets)
- 24th Street, Mission Street (22nd Street to Cesar Chavez), South Van Ness (18th to 22nd Streets)
- Larkin, Polk and Otis Streets
- West Portal Avenue, Ocean Avenue (Phelan to Capitol Streets), Noriega Street (19th to 25th Avenues)
- Van Ness Avenue (Bush to Greenwich Streets), South Van Ness Avenue (14th to Mission Streets)
Top 5 Areas in Corridor with Least Number of Deficiencies
- 3rd Street (23rd Street to Galvez Avenue), Mission Street (Foote to Lawrence Streets
- Broadway (Powell to Kearny Streets), Van ness Avenue (Greenwich to North Point)
- Noriega Street (30th to 33rd Avenues)
- 3rd Street (Galvez to Oakdale Avenues), 3rd Street (Williams to key Avenues)
- Polk Street (California to Vallejo Streets), Grant Avenue (Broadway to California), Columbus Avenue (Powell to Pacific Streets)
The Dirt on Garbage Service
Education about the need for garbage service was one of the main focuses of the "Spruce Up by Sun Up" campaign. Garbage service is mandatory in San Francisco. Refusal to establish service can lead to $100 minimum fine per incident. The concern for no-garbage service goes beyond just the property. No-garbage service leads to illegal dumping which costs the city millions of dollars to clean up. Additionally, illegal dumping can be a burden on the neighborhood, adds to the visual blight, and attracts vermins which can lead to some health concerns.
Over 800 business and residential properties received a citation for no-garbage service during the Spruce Up campaign. The good news is, once property owners were made aware, 89% of those cited started service.
If you'd like more information about what illegal dumping can do to you and your neighborhood, please check out this presentation.
Community Corridors Partnership Program Quick Facts
- The Corridors Program began in October 2007.
- The goal of the program is to build a partnership among all stakeholders including public and private agencies, business owners and property owners.
- There have been three scheduled inspections in the Corridors.
- There are now 78 Corridors which equals to over 300 city blocks.
- Most Corridors are in a merchant block.
Don't Leave it on the Sidewalk!
DPW recently began a campaign to end illegal sidewalk dumping: a practice that costs taxpayers millions of dollars every year and increases blight in your neighborhood.
It is illegal to leave furniture, appliances, garbage bags or any thing on the sidewalk at any time unless you have a scheduled pick up from a licensed hauler or donation facility.
Find out more about DPW's campaign as well as the many options available for you to properly give away or get rid of your junk.
You can help! Please print out this flyer and distribute and post throughout your community.