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Enjoy the Clean … Still Dirty … Sidewalks

Update: False alarm – the sidewalk on Main Street between Folsom and Howard is still filthy. Keep your fingers crossed though… as Steve Perry would sing during his days with the super group Journey, “Don’t Stop Believin'”

I believe today may be the day – the one time a year that the main sidewalks in the Rincon Hill neighborhood get a sparkly fresh makeover from the City in preparation for the Bay to Breakers event. While walking to work this morning, I spotted a couple of gentlemen with garden tools taking out weeds and what not. I assume they’ll be sweeping and picking up the junk that collects in front of the U.S. Parking lots. Would anyone know how to light a fire under the U.S. Parking folks to get them to pick up the litter in front of their businesses the other 51 weeks of the year?

At any rate, I also appreciate the fact that the Bay to Breakers web site and Mayor Gavin Newsom are making a point to ask Bay to Breakers participants to try to leave the areas in which they do their thing relatively clean after the event ends. There’s actually an article in today’s San Francisco Chronicle about it.

For the other 51 weeks of the year, we can each do a little bit by picking up the big (not dangerous to handle) items like newspapers, beer bottles, abandoned pillow cushions (yes, I’ve picked up at least 3 over the last year while walking to or from work), and other junk and tossing those items into the closest public trash can.

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