Mayor Pugh looks to Philly for anti-litter inspiration - Baltimore


Jan. 10, 2017 7:57 am

Mayor Pugh looks to Philly for anti-litter inspiration

The mayor was briefed last week on a Philadelphia civic hacking effort. It may be an idea worth stealing.

Litter. Gross.

(Photo by Flickr user David Staney, used under a Creative Commons license)

A website that recently launched in Philadelphia that’s looking to fight litter on the neighborhood level is already getting the attention Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh.

Not in Philly is looking to be a central place where people can commit to “adopt-a-block” to clean, and point out the areas in need of help, according to sister site GenerocityDave Brindley and Yury Korzun got an assist from the Pennsylvania Resources Council, Code for Philly and Think Company on the project.

It’s being used in one Philly neighborhood so far, but attention from Next City and others sparked wider interest. Pugh’s Sanitation Transition Team and Department of Public Works were among those to take note. Mayoral spokeswoman Amanda Rodrigues-Smith said Pugh was briefed last week as part of a wider look at expanding Baltimore’s street clean-up strategies.

It was an initial meeting, and Pugh wants to encourage resident-led efforts. But officials have yet to determine whether the tool will be used in Baltimore. Given the Code for Philly involvement, maybe it’s a project that Code for Baltimore, which is launching this Thursday night, could tackle. Seems like they’re into it:

Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is Market Editor for Baltimore and DC. A graduate of Northeastern University, he moved to Baltimore following stints in New Orleans and Rio Arriba County, New Mexico. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Baltimore Fishbowl, NOLA Defender, Times-Picayune and the Rio Grande Sun.


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