The Washington Avenue Property Owners Association, which covers the west half of the chaotic thoroughfare, has signed a one-year deal to have a team of cleaners to spruce up the place.
Flying Kite reports that the organization Ready, Willing and Able, which offers paid transitional work to formerly homeless and incarcerated men, started donning blue uniforms to attack the litter problem last week.
Says the website:
“We’ve know anecdotally for a long time that Washington Avenue is the dirtiest part of this neighborhood,” says Andrew Dalzell of the South of South Neighborhood Organization (SOSNA). The group has even utilized something called a “litter index” to quantify the street’s trash problem. The conclusion? Not good. But thanks to financial donations from WAPOA, SOSNA, PIDC, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson’s office and others, the street is getting $10,000 worth of sprucing up.
This is a similar effort to a litter-eradication program the Newbold CDC is trying along West Passyunk and Snyder Avenue, but instead of using RWA, they’ve contracted with Horizon House.
We need all the help we can get. Looks like Dalzell agrees:
“I think the goal is [that once] we make this successful on Washington Avenue, Point Breeze Avenue takes note; Oregon Avenue takes note; Snyder Avenue takes note; South Broad takes note,” says Dalzell. “The Avenue of the Arts should be hiring these guys, in my view.”
They gotta make it nice and pretty for that new Mexican place at NextFab, right?