The cleanliness of Los Angeles streets

The cleanliness of Los Angeles streets

As part of Mayor Eric Garcetti's Clean Streets initiative, the City's Bureau of Sanitation drove all of LA's public streets and alleys (traveling over 22,000 miles!)  and gave each block a "cleanliness score" from 1-3:
1. Clean (green)
2. Somewhat Clean (yellow)
3. Not Clean (red)

Each street score is based on four factors: litter, weeds, bulky items and illegal dumping. This assessment will be repeated every quarter.

Los Angeles is leading the way as the only big city in the US conducting a regular cleanliness assessment of every City street.

The cleanliness of Los Angeles streets

Of the 39,915 road segments, 61% were rated clean, 35% were rated somewhat clean, while streets rated unclean made up 4% of total street segments.

This data has been aggregated into operational grids which helps the Bureau of Sanitation strategically deploy resources, such as a new dedicated Clean Streets clean-up crew.

This map shows the average score within each grid. Red grids contain a lot of dirty streets while green grids contain mostly clean streets.

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