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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!

Tyson December 28, 2011 at 06:44 PM
I am sure that the tow truck industry in pleased. Out of curiosity is there any requirement that the City actual street sweep on street cleaning days? It seems like there have been times when my car is towed and later that night the street is filthy with no evidence that the city actually swept. Something seems unfair about towing my car for no reason. Anyone know if there are any rules regarding that situation?
John Waller December 28, 2011 at 06:56 PM
Other comments: On the original story: JJ: I don't think this is good on account of the snow. Last March my car was still buried. I hope they explain what the policy will be when there is snow on the ground. Via Facebook: Randi Grohe Lathrop: Such great news. Meagan Kelly Bufano: Just a way for the city to make more money!! Going to be hard to clean the street when they are covered in a foot of snow! Via Twitter: Justin Powers, @hugesunglasses: The great ticket/towing racket
Southender December 28, 2011 at 07:55 PM
I think this is a terrible idea, particularly for March when there is so much snow on the ground. Everyone should call the Mayor. They will not have a way to tell us if street cleaning is cancelled when snow on the ground. And if we move our cars - where to and where do we return them after 4pm. Really dumb idea.
topbanana December 28, 2011 at 09:35 PM
This is a fabulous idea. Clean streets and clean neighborhoods are the goals. It will be great to have streets free of garbage, butts, dog poo and litter for nine months out of the year. If you move your car, you won't be towed -- pretty simple. Only those who do not make an effort to move their cars will fund the tow companies. I move my car every other week and the inconvenience is worth it to have a clean neighborhood. Obviously, if there is snow pack on the street and curb, the city will not sweep...just like they don't sweep when there is a hard rain. What do you naysayers have against a clean city?
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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