Fight blight with your smartphone!
Following the lawsuits against illegal dumpers in the City last year, the City Attorney's Office launched the Lets do it SF! initiative, in partnership with the Department of Public Works, SF Environment, and 311. The initiative aims to tackle the increasing incidents of illegal dumping and graffiti across San Francisco. Let's do it SF! will teach residents how to use their smartphones and computers to report vandalism and to encourage volunteer cleanup participation in their neighborhood.
Established in 2008, the "Let's do it!" campaign began with a mobile waste-mapping effort in Estonia, which culminated in a countrywide cleanup in which more than 50,000 volunteers cleaned 10,000 tons of waste in a matter of hours. Let's do it SF! encourages a similar spirit of bold volunteerism and joins a global effort in support of the upcoming World Cleanup Day, a plan to stage massive single-day cleanups in more than a hundred participating countries.
Last year, the City Attorney's Office and Let's do it SF! volunteers participated in several of DPW's Community Clean Team events. In District 6, City Attorney's Office and Let's do it SF! volunteers hit the streets and painted over graffiti on freeway on/off-ramps along Harrison Street. The following month, the Let's do it SF! volunteers helped beautify District 11 by picking up litter and tending overgrown vegetation. Over the summer, the City Attorney's Office and Let's do it SF! volunteers were in District 5. With scrapers and solvents in hand, our volunteers were in the Lower Haight scraping stickers and removing graffiti from street signs, bike racks, newspaper stands and other public properties.
If you would like to join us at an upcoming event or learn more, please follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Together we will enhance neighborhood beautification and show the power of collective civic action. Let's do it SF!