Philadelphia hopes to sweep away Filthadelphia moniker

Written by The Associated Press | May 4, 2019 8:30 AM

 (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Marquis Moragne, left, and Jovan Wilson load trash into Fresh Start's new truck in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia. Philadelphia has been trying for years to shed itself of the nickname "Filthadelphia."

(Philadelphia) -- Philadelphia has launched a new street sweeping pilot program in a handful of neighborhoods, hoping to finally sweep away the persistent nickname Filthadelphia.

There's no shortage of work.

A sanitation department official tells the Philadelphia Inquirer the new street crews round up about seven tons of litter a day.

Rather than requiring residents to move their cars, the program involves workers with leaf blowers blowing trash off sidewalks and from under cars so the street sweeping machine can access it.

Some neighbors say they're annoyed by the amount of dust generated, but despite it, most are still supportive of the efforts and appreciate the cleaner streets.

The program is a compromise for residents resistant to moving their cars.

Tight street parking availability in the city makes it tough to find a spot.

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