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11/01/2019
PMBC Announces 2019 Clean Block Contest Winners

PHILADELPHIA - On Friday, November 1, elected officials joined Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams and the Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee (PMBC) in announcing the top four winners of the annual Clean Block Contest.  The announcement was made at IATSE Ballroom, 2401 South Swanson Street.  

The blocks in the contest were judged for engagement of block residents, cleanliness, beautification efforts, and property improvements.

The four top winners selected from among the 24 blocks competing in this year’s contest are as follows:

  • 1st PLACE - $1,000 - 1000 block of Pallas Street (Mantua)
  • 2nd PLACE - $ 700 - 1900 block of Hope Street (Kensington)
  • 3rd PLACE - $ 500 - 3000 block of Cabot Street (Brewerytown)                          
  • 4TH PLACE - $300 - 4600 block of Larchwood Avenue (University City)                                    

The remaining blocks will each receive $150. The prize money is to be used for worthwhile clean block projects.

In addition to the Clean Block Awards, PMBC announced its Community Spirit Award winners. The Community Spirit Awards recognize special contributions PMBC blocks make in their communities.  The three categories - Junior Block Captain of the Year Award, the Transformation Award for Beautification Projects, and the Neighbors Helping Neighbors Award - truly represent organized blocks maintaining livability, recapturing their strength, and working to keep their block from declining. Those awards were presented as follows: 

  • Junior Block Captain Award - Ashanti Stackhouse, 1900 block of Hope Street, Carmen Jimenez is the Block Captainmore
  • Neighbors Helping Neighbors Award - Mr. Curtis Parker, resident of 2000 block of Ellsworth Street, nominated by the block captain, William Weathersbe
  • Neighborhood Transformation Award - 1500 block of Taylor Street, Joyce Lloyd is the Block Captain

The PMBC Awards Banquet is the culmination of a busy season of block cleaning and beautification efforts. PMBC closed this year’s cleaning season with the following statistics:

  • 5,110 blocks cleaned
  • 25,209 PMBC volunteers 
  • 36,035 bags collected
  • 559 tons / 1.2+ million pounds of debris

PMBC, a part of the Streets Department’s Sanitation Division, is an urban environmental partnership. The program has ties as far back as 1938 when a newly immigrated resident, Sigrid Craig approached city officials about efforts to clean street in the city. The program became known as the “Clean Up, Paint Up, Fix Up” Campaign. In 1953, the campaign began collaborating with a police sanitation unit and the Sanitation Division of the Philadelphia Department of Streets. The program was formalized in 1965 with the formation of the Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee.  Through its network, more than 6,500 block captains participate, promoting civic pride, public safety, and neighborhood empowerment among block captains, community group leaders and their units. 

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