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November 30, 2012

Call 311 To Keep Our Streets Clean

If you live in San Francisco, you know that graffiti and illegal dumping are two really common urban nuisances. San Francisco set up its 311 line several years ago so that people could report the mattress left on the corner, or the corner store’s newly tagged wall. And illegal dumping seems to reach a fever pitch around the holidays.

I like to remind everyone annually that it’s important to use the 311 resource to keep our streets clean and livable. Many times, I see a mattress or something else dumped on a corner, and no one doing anything about it. People think that someone else probably already reported the dumping. It actually takes a few seconds to call 311 and provide the location and description of the dumped item. (You can also send them a Tweet, too). The Department of Public Works (DPW) will take it from there. And they work weekends, too!

San Francisco’s 311 Center is also the go-to place for other random things you need, so check it out. Whether you’re a long-term renter or homeowner in the city, please do your part to make our city an even better place to be.

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