Kenney, Bass vow to cut down on bin blight


Mayor Jim Kenney visited the Nicetown neighborhood Tuesday to address a spreading blight that officials say will be disappearing from the streets of Philadelphia.



The donation boxes, or clothing bins, punctuate many street corners in Philadelphia.  Mayor Jim Kenney calls the bins unsightly.

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“We have enough messes in our community without asking for any additional mess,” he said.

Councilwoman Cindy Bass introduced the measure to remove the bins saying they appear almost magically.

“Neighbors would wake up and, right next to them overnight, someone would come overnight and drop a bin next to their home,” she said.

Licenses and Inspections Commissioner David Perri said the boxes, for the most part, are illegal and have to go.

“We will not tolerate blight on our front steps,” he said. “Not on our front steps.”

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