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 2017-11-04 11:25:39 -0400
    Philly is a great city but needs some tough love… Let’s get this gem polished!
  • signed 2017-11-01 16:28:31 -0400
    Philly needs to pick it up and actually penalize those who litter. Kicking trash every day on my walks around the city. I pick it up when I can but we need more trash cans and an effort to clean up our city. The nickname Filthadelphia is one we need to shed immediately
  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-10-31 13:34:00 -0400
    Sign and share to tell Jim Kenney to keep his promise to clean Philly's streets
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  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-10-29 16:26:21 -0400
    Sign and share to tell Jim Kenney to keep his promise to clean Philly's streets
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  • signed 2017-10-27 20:50:19 -0400
    Clean this place up.
  • signed 2017-10-27 16:53:44 -0400
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  • signed 2017-10-27 12:59:13 -0400
    This city is trashed and it hurts our economy. Clean up the city: get rid of plastic bags, styrofoam, and plastic bottles and reinstate street-sweeping.
  • signed 2017-10-27 12:43:05 -0400
    I am far from a bystander when it comes to participating in keeping our streets clean. I sweep the walks and streets around my house and participate in the city wide clean up days. However, the work needs to be a partnership with the city. Kenny should not ignore his promise.
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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
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    Sign and share to tell Jim Kenney to keep his promise to clean Philly's streets
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