Services for the Lower Polk Community

Our mission is to improve the quality of life for all residents, businesses, and visitors to the Lower Polk neighborhood.

The LPCBD’s Cleaning, Maintenance, and Safety program includes regular sidewalk sweeping, alley cleaning, refuse removal, regularly scheduled steam cleanings, pressure washing, graffiti removal, tree pruning and watering, tree well weeding with crushed granite replenishment, and a variety of safety efforts

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The Lower Polk Community Benefit District outreach team works closely with our Ambassadors and other staff members to identify and reach out to people who are experiencing homelessness. We have formed relationships with numerous community based organizations and believe that homelessness requires an interdisciplinary approach.

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The Lower Polk CBD works closely with city agencies and non profits to help beautify and modernize the district. From tree plantings, lighting, alley way cleanups, improvements, and more. We hope to make Polk Street a vibrant place for residents and visitors alike.  Learn more about upcoming beautification projects.

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The Lower Polk Community Benefit District is engaging in a pilot program with Terracycle for recycling cigarettes, in April 2017, 5 cigarette recycling posts will be set up along Polk St. Every year, billions of cigarette butts end up in dumpsters and landfills, or get tossed as litter on shorelines, parks, and sidewalks across the US. The waste collected through this program is recycled into a variety of industrial products, such as plastic pallets, and any remaining tobacco is recycled as compost.

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The combined implementation of the staffed JCDecaux bathroom and the mobile relief center have caused a large drop in human waste and improperly disposed of needles in the neighborhood.

Throughout the Lower Polk CBD human waste 311 calls are down by 34% (2015 vs. 2016). Likewise 311 needle reports in the Lower Polk CBD are down a whopping 58% (2015 vs. 2016).