Councilman calls on Philly businesses to clean up their act

A Philadelphia City Councilman is warning businesses to clean up their act.

City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson says too many business owners let trash pile up outside their buildings.

“We just cleaned up the Woodland Avenue business corridor and I noticed that most of the trash that we are cleaning up is in front of businesses,” Johnson said. “So for me, just being a good steward, just being a good citizen, it would be good to clean and maintain the front of your property.”

Johnson plans to hold hearings on how the city can use existing regulations to make sure businesses clean up after themselves including stepped-up inspections.

The councilman says he is also reviewing the problem of “short dumping,” where people leave trash in empty lots. It’s already illegal, but Johnson wants to review what can be done about it.

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