Armed with brooms, litter bags, shovels and determination, the Flatiron BID's Clean Team swept into action on November 1, 2006, and the results were immediate (click here for before-and-after pictures of the district). Since then, the team has kept the neighborhood looking good, expanding its scope in 2008 to include the Public Plazas.
Easily identified in their uniforms and caps with the distinctive BID logo, the Clean Team, contracted through Streetplus, works seven days a week, regardless of the weather, keeping the district as litter-free and graffiti-free as possible.
The Clean Team can be seen in full force throughout the district and on the Public Plazas all year - in all weather conditions. The district is serviced from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. year-round with longer hours provided for the Public Plazas during the spring and summer months. A specialized maintenance worker is now deployed four days per week during the 8-month period from mid-March through mid-November. From late-November through early-March, this specialized maintenance worker works one weekly shift.
Supporting the Clean Streets Program
The BID has placed approximately 200 high-end BID and sponsor-branded litter receptacles throughout the district. Receptacles are sponsored by local businesses and organziations. To learn more about sponsoring a receptable, dowload the BID's sponsorship catalog.
Pre-BID Litter and Graffiti Assessment
Before the Clean Streets Program started, to establish and evaluate where problems might be most acute, the BID utilized a technology called ComNET (Computerized Neighborhood Environment Tracking). This comprehensive assessment allowed the Partnership to document exactly where graffiti, litter and conditions such as "ponding" were most prevalent.
In May 2011, the data was updated in order to compare conditions after five years of the BID's services. Click on the links below to see the improvements from 2006 to 2011: