‘It’s very bad here:’ Downtown Seattle hopes ‘clean team’ will improve Third Ave

ByShannon J. Cortes

Sep 1, 2022

The Downtown Seattle Association, a coalition of businesses and community members charged with making downtown Seattle an attractive place for visitors, workers and residents, unveils a new fleet of rapid-response mobile vehicles to keep clean city streets.

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With their Clean Team Ambassadors riding around on 18 new custom cleaning “trikes”, the team will clean up litter and biohazard in downtown neighborhoods, covering a 285-block radius of the I-5 corridor. to the sea front.

The fleet has more than doubled in size, with the current garbage cleanup crew consisting of just 12 trikes. The group is currently tasked with picking up 1.4 million gallons of trash last year.

The public can reach these ambassadors by phone or through the Metropolitan Improvement District (MID) website where people can report a mess to clean up. A team member told KIRO Newsradio that the damage can include everything from trash and graffiti to human excrement and needles.

Will that be enough to address the concerns of downtown business owners and workers frustrated with the state of the Third Avenue corridor?

KIRO Newsradio interviewed several downtown workers to get their thoughts on the new clean team.

“They need to expand it. It’s very bad here, especially when you like Third and all. It’s terrible,” a downtown worker told KIRO Newsradio.

The Clean Team program is funded by taxpayers, who are MID’s businesses and landowners. Taxpayers pay the MID for services and programs – the Clean Team being one of them. Their budget for 2022-2023 is $15.5 million, part of which is dedicated to these new trikes.

The clean team’s current response time is 30-45 minutes, but with the new trikes they hope to cut that response time in half.