The Uptown Whittier Improvement Association (UWIA) contracts with a private cleaning company to improve the appearance of the district’s sidewalks and maintain the overall cleanliness of Uptown.
UWIA's sidewalk beautification crew works from Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and pressure washes sidewalks from 5:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.—eliminating any disturbance to patrons during prime business hours.
The UWIA has the crew currently focusing on Uptown Whittier’s public areas, including power washing the sidewalks in an effort to remove gum and deep stains; cleaning the public right of way; removing graffiti; and picking up trash in the streets and alleys. The UWIA has invested $142,440 annually to provide these cleaning services to Uptown Whittier.
Currently the UWIA has a two-man crew dedicated to maintaining the cleanliness of the district 80 hours a week. The time is allocated as follows: 70 percent of efforts go to power washing and 30 percent of efforts go to sidewalk and gutter sweeping as well as graffiti removal. After October, the crew will allocate 100 percent of their time to sidewalk sweeping throughout the district and proceed with power washing quarterly.
Sidewalk and Gutter Sweeping
Sweeping, raking and trash removal services are provided, maintaining high pedestrian areas. The cleaning team rotates through the district hitting new blocks each day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Sidewalk Pressure Washing
Pressure washing every quarter throughout the district. The pressure washing service takes place between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m. to eliminate any disturbance to patrons during prime business hours.
Trash Can Upkeep
Emptying of overflowing trash cans, cleaning of trashcan’s exteriors, and repairing and replacing broken trashcans throughout the district. This is done to keep the community and receptacles clean, while minimizing trash on the streets.
Cleaning graffiti and removing stickers and unauthorized or illegal signs from pavements, trees, poles, planters, street furniture, bus stops and more.
Touch-up painting to any damaged trashcans, planters, benches and light bases throughout the community.