In an effort to better understand the issues that our business owners are facing, Business District Sweeps were created as part of the TCOB Program. Prior to every sweep, a work-order is created based on 311 outstanding requests, and issues pointed out by the Department of Public Works, residents and business owners.
During the sweep, Teams of City employees from various City departments and authorities, such as the Department of Public Works (DPW), the Bureau of Building Inspection (BBI), the Bureau of Police, the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) and Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) work to overhaul a number of neighborhood business districts, spending up to one week in each district focusing on 311 complaints, graffiti removal, line and curb painting, pothole patching, sidewalk repairs, code enforcement, vacant lot maintenance and de-cluttering of utility poles, wires and news-racks.
To date, more than 20 Sweeps in business districts have taken place with more planned for the spring. We are continuing to explore new ways in which to better confront and eliminate long-term business district issues and how to better connect business owners with other resources available to help them keep their property clean and safe.