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Do You Support An Increase In Street Sweeping?

South Enders will have two extra months of street sweeping this year, but is this good news?

It's official: expect swept streets to begin in March and end in December. 

The city has a "Know Tow" automated alert system for those who will have trouble adjusting from the old April-November schedule, and signs are planned to go up in January alerting residents of the changes. 

Street-sweeping days are also planned to follow trash collection days, either by "one or two days," per the Mayor's Office.  And according to Menino in our other story on the subject, "by realigning the street sweeping schedule to match the weekly trash collection operations, we’re smartly maximizing the potential of each program to keep our streets clean.”

How do you feel about all this?  Is this a step in the right direction or a move to increase revenue from tickets and towing?  The comments section is open for business!

Timothy Crawford December 28, 2011 at 10:07 PM
I'm all for a clean city my concern is the lack of coordination between the sweepers and the tow trucks! Numerous times this past summer as I sat at Blackstone Square I watched sweeper drivers sit for 30-45min waiting for the tow trucks...only then to continue for 100yds only to stop and wait again!! This is a huge waste..but then again most city run projects are!
JMc December 28, 2011 at 10:10 PM
Obviously, if there is snow on the ground there will not be street cleaning.
SM_bos December 29, 2011 at 12:54 PM
John, you should interview DPW officials to complete this story. I imagine they can address most of the concerns being mentioned. I think this policy was created because the current sweeping stops in November, but leaves keep falling in Dec and clog the gutters, and it does not snow too much in December.
SM_bos December 29, 2011 at 12:58 PM
I would think you'll move them and return them just like you do now between April and November.
topbanana December 29, 2011 at 02:40 PM
the neighborhoods would be clean TEN months, not nine months as I mistakenly said above.....my bad.

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