The effort to rid The City’s busiest commercial districts of graffiti, litter and other eyesores has double the funding in the 2007-08 budget, allowing 100 more corridors to be scrutinized daily for filth.
The Community Corridors program launched in November with $1.8 million in city funding. The program is focused on 100 blocks within 19 commercial corridors throughout San Francisco.
The key component is monitoring by Department of Public Works employees who inspect and maintain one corridor each, five days a week, to ensure cleanliness.
This year, $3.8 million was allocated for the program, which has been championed by Mayor Gavin Newsom, allowing another 100 commercial strips to be added.
“It’s like having a handyman on the block,” Public Works Deputy Director Mohammed Nuru said.
The monitors are charged with getting the appropriate city department on a job, as well as talking to merchants and building owners about their responsibilities to do such maintenance as clean up graffiti — or pay The City to do the job.
As a result of the monitoring, 305 citations were written for such infractions as excessive litter, illegal signage and not retrieving trash cans from sidewalks after trash day, according to Department of Public Works data. Additionally, 318 citations were given to property owners with sidewalks in need of repair.
Nuru said legal notices and citations are last resorts, and that most of the neighborhood merchants are working to keep corridors clean.
Monitors for the additional 100 blocks are being hired, Nuru said.
Business leaders in the newly chosen neighborhoods said they were open to programs that make commercial corridors look clean, safe and inviting on an ongoing basis. Several questioned, however, the wisdom of focusing on one street.
“What about Ninth Avenue?” Inner Sunset Merchant Association President Craig Dawson said when he heard The City would focus its efforts on Irving Street from Sixth Avenue to Funston. “It’s a horrible, graffiti-infested corridor.”
‘Community Corridors’ program
Thirty-eight of San Francisco’s busiest commercial corridors will receive Department of Public Works inspections five days a week.
New: Geary Boulevard, from Arguello Boulevard to Seventh Avenue
New: Geary Boulevard, from 17th Avenue to 23rd Avenue
Ongoing: Clement Street, from Arguello Boulevard. To 10th Avenue
Ongoing: Chestnut Street, from Fillmore Street to Divisadero Street
New: Kearny, from Columbus Street to California Street
New: Polk Street, from California Street to Broadway
Ongoing: Columbus Street from Powell Street to Pacific Avenue
Ongoing: Grant Avenue, from Broadway to California Street
Ongoing: Stockton Street, from Green Street to Sacramento Street
New:Taraval Street from 18th Avenue to 23rd Avenue
Ongoing: Irving Street, from 19th Avenue to 25th Avenue
New: Haight Street, from Masonic Avenue to Central Avenue
New: Divisadero Street, from Geary Street to McAllister Street
New: Irving, from Sixth Avenue to Funston Avenue
Ongoing: Haight Street, from Stanyan Street to Masonic Avenue
Ongoing: Haight Street. from Divisadero Street to Webster Street
Ongoing: Divisadero Street, from Haight Street to McAllister Street
New: 16th Street, from Valencia Street to Folsom Street
New: Valencia Street, from 16th Street to 17th Street
New: Geary Street, from Jones Street to Van Ness Avenue
Ongoing: Polk Street, from California Street to O’Farrell Street
Ongoing: Larkin Street, from Sacramento Street to O’Farrell Street
Ongoing: West Portal Avenue, from Ulloa Street to 14th Avenue
New: Church Street, from Market Street to 18th Street
New: 18th Street, from Church Street to Dolores Street
Ongoing: Diamond Street, from Chenery Street to San Jose Avenue
New: 24th Street, from Potrero Street to Folsom Street
New: 24th Street, from Folsom Street to Valencia Street
New: Potrero Street, from 23rd Street to 18th Street
Ongoing: Mission Street, from 14th Street to Cesar Chavez Street
Ongoing: 24th Street, from Potrero Avenue to Valencia Street
Ongoing: San Bruno Avenue, from Silver Avenue to Wayland Street
New: Leland Avenue, from Bayshore to Cora
Ongoing: Third Street, from Jerrold Avenue to Van Dyke Avenue
New: Geneva Avenue, from Alemany Boulevard to Naples Street
New: Naples Street, from Geneva Avenue to Rolph Street
Ongoing: Mission Street, from Excelsior Ave to Rolph Street
Ongoing: Ocean Avenue, from Manor Drive to Phelan Avenue
– Source: SFDPW