We’re excited to announce that, in 2018, Bella Vista Neighbors Association has launched a fundraising campaign to cover the cost of paid sidewalk and curb sweeping in our neighborhood.
Clean streets are healthy streets, they attract visitors and customers, reduce crime, unclog our storm drains, and restore a sense of neighborhood pride.
We recognize that many of you are already doing your part to sweep up the sidewalk in front of your home, and even pitch in to clean up surrounding blocks. Unfortunately, it is not enough – as can be readily seen on a walk through the neighborhood. There are many blocks where, for a variety of reasons, the volume of litter simply outpaces the volunteer capacity.
BVNA regularly hears from residents that litter is their primary concern.
In response, BVNA has partnered with ACAM — a service already used in nearby Queen Village and South Street Headhouse District — to sweeps the curbs and sidewalks of our numbered streets (6th-11th and Passyunk), and cross streets (Bainbridge, Fitzwater, Catharine, Christian, Carpenter, and the north side of Washington Ave) within our borders. (Two blocks of S 9th, Washington to Christian, are excluded, as the area is overseen by the 9th Street United Merchants Association and has unique logistics and needs).
2018 was our inaugural year, and with your help, we were able to reach our goal of $25,000, which allowed us to sweep every other week from April to December. Workers collected and removed 849 bags, or 10.61 tons worth of litter from our neighborhood.
We are currently re-launching our fundraising efforts in order to be able to perform this service again in 2019. We need to raise $30,000 which will allow us to sweep weekly in 2019, from March to December. We hope you can partner with us in making that a reality. We can’t maintain this program without neighborhood support.