Jim Kenney: Keep Your Campaign Promise. Bring Back Street-Sweeping in Your First Term.


Sign our petition to tell Mayor Kenney to keep his campaign promise, and bring back street-sweeping services before the end of his first term.

Philadelphia is known nationwide as an exceptionally dirty city, and this dirt problem even has a name: Filthadelphia.

Mayor Kenney campaigned on changing this during the 2015 campaign, and restoring the street-sweeping program was a regular part of his stump speech. He even said that cleaner streets are worth the occasional hassle of alternate-side parking.

The red flags started going up right after the May primary, when Kenney started backtracking, saying he'd only bring the program back for neighborhoods willing to move their cars, and there would be some kind of opt-in or opt-out provision. 

This week we found out it's been cast aside even further, as a "Long-Term Priority" in the Zero Waste Action Plan released this week, described in the most non-committal possible language. At some undefined point in time, the administration will maybe "consider restoration of street sweeping."

That's unacceptable. Mayor Kenney needs to make restoring street-sweeping a priority in his first term.

As we've argued previously, street-sweeping should be one of Philadelphia's bedrock municipal services. Philly was actually the first city to have a street-sweeping program (thanks, Benjamin Franklin!), and now we're the only major city that doesn't have one. It's relatively cheap, costing the capital budget just $18 million in to buy the sweepers, and about $3 million in annual salaries to clean the whole city every other week. The problem isn't money—it's people who don't want to move their cars, even occasionally. 

The Mayor is already on the record saying that he wants to take the cleaner streets side of that trade-off, and now it's time for him to make good on that promise. 

Sign and share the petition, and help us send a message to Mayor Kenney that he needs to put clean streets first, and be accountable for what he promised the voters.

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  • signed via 2017-10-18 21:52:18 -0400
  • signed 2017-08-29 08:52:00 -0400
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  • signed 2017-08-28 13:15:33 -0400
    Carol mcginness would like our streets clean. I pay taxes tried of our streets being so dirty. Our Mayor & city council should act on this.
  • @sh_ahaha tweeted link to this page. 2017-08-28 12:17:08 -0400
    Sign and share to tell Jim Kenney to keep his promise to clean Philly's streets http://www.phila3-0.org/street_sweeping?recruiter_id=45117
  • signed 2017-08-28 12:16:52 -0400
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  • signed 2017-08-19 10:06:31 -0400
    I have to clean my entire block every day (2000 S Opal), and fill a 50 gallon trashbag, I fill two when I go down 19-20th Mckean and Snyder. I report a lot to 311, but to no avail. Please start doing something to address this problem!
  • signed 2017-08-15 14:06:35 -0400
  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-08-14 13:16:28 -0400
    Sign and share to tell Jim Kenney to keep his promise to clean Philly's streets
  • signed 2017-08-14 13:16:03 -0400
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  • signed 2017-08-14 11:11:13 -0400
    South Phila needs the streets to be cleaned. The 300 block of Reed is terrible.
  • signed 2017-08-14 11:03:32 -0400
    I am sick and tired of picking up trash every day on my street. Do your job Mayor or get out of City Hall and let somebody better in.
  • signed 2017-08-13 20:11:32 -0400
  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-08-13 17:44:16 -0400
    Sign and share to tell Jim Kenney to keep his promise to clean Philly's streets
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  • signed 2017-08-12 12:56:38 -0400
    Even just a sweeper behind the weekly trash trucks picking up loose debri and doing the corner water inlets where trash accumulates would be a big improvement. Less costly than the car moving program with signage, ticketing, aggravated residents. Could be implemented right now.