Earlier this year I began an effort to keep our downtown cleaner and enhance public safety. I told Chris Martin, president of Cleanscapes, one of Seattle’s contract solid waste, recycling, and yard/foodwaste haulers, of my work to improve garbage collection, to have cleaner alleys and to get the gum off the sidewalks. Chris immediately offered to volunteer time of his cleaning crews to help in my effort.
This morning CleanScapes kicked off their new Pike/Pine Clean Zone program. CleanScapes will provide litter clean-up, graffiti removal, alley cleaning, and pressuring washing and other services on Pike and Pine streets from First to Fourth Avenues and also to the alleys in between during a one-year pilot free of charge! CleanScapes has agreed to provide these services between First and Fourth Avenues and between Stewart and Union Streets.
The Pike-Pine Corridor is a significant gateway to the Pike Place Market and our Central Business District – we want to create an environment where business can thrive, employees feel safe, and shoppers enjoy themselves. With CleanScapes help now and over the next year, the Pike Pine corridor will be cleaned each day, seven days a week.
I participated in the kick-off of this exciting new effort this morning and I want to thank the CleanScapes crews who will be helping to make our downtown more attractive.
Here are a few photos including a photo of Ozzie the rat catcher!