Solomon launches street cleaning pilot program for northeast Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 10 – In an effort to clean up the lower northeast part of Philadelphia, state Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., held a news conference to announce a six-month street cleaning pilot program.

“This is our home and we should take pride in where we live,” Solomon said. “It’s our responsibility to take care and maintain it in order to attract more people, which, in turn, would continue growing our great community.”

Speaking on Bustleton Avenue Tuesday morning, Solomon stood alongside Streets Department Commissioner Carlton Williams and the founder of Steve's Prince of Steaks Steve Iliescu, who are both helping with the program.

Solomon stressed the fact that his plan goes beyond just picking up trash and is a key step in keeping the community safe.

“Garbage-littered streets and alleyways can attract criminals, but maintaining our appearance can help deter them from striking,” Solomon explained.

This pilot program will target core areas of the following business corridors:

  • Castor Avenue between Knorr and Levick Street;

  • Bustleton Avenue between St. Vincent Street and Unruh Avenue; and

  • Rising Sun Avenue between Comly and Levick Street, Tyson Avenue and Five Points.

“After the six-month pilot, my hope is we will expand to cover the full length of each corridor,” Solomon said.

The idea is associated with H.Bs.1812 and 1813, both co-sponsored by Solomon. The legislation would address chronic nuisance issues that cause problems for downtowns and neighborhoods throughout Pennsylvania, increasing penalties and fines, and remitting a portion of the additional fines back to the municipalities for litter remediation efforts.