Center City District crews ensure that downtown sidewalks are clean and graffiti-free seven days a week.
CCD cleaning crews supplement the City of Philadelphia's sanitation services and the obligations of property owners.
The CCD deploys more than 125 uniformed workers who manually and mechanically clean sidewalks, CCD parks and two SEPTA Regional Rail stations on two overlapping shifts, seven days a week, so that Center City opens clean and remains clean throughout the day.
CCD's uniformed cleaners manually sweep all sidewalks at least three times. The "pan and broom brigade" also sweeps sidewalks in prime entertainment and dining areas in the evenings during the warm weather months.
All sidewalks also get a monthly power washing in warm weather months to remove accumulated stains, gum and grime.
CCD has zero tolerance for graffiti. Specially trained teams use solvents and high-pressure washers to blast graffiti from the ground floor of building walls, light poles, signs and street furniture while protecting architectural surfaces.
Through a variety of fee-for-service arrangements, CCD crews clean several adjacent commercial and residential areas. Besides ensuring a clean environment beyond the boundaries of the district, these services provide job opportunities to disadvantaged workers, many of whom are hired into full-time jobs by the CCD.