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City of Chicago hosts Coordinated Neighborhood Service Blitz in the 21st Ward

The Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation (DSS) joined the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) this weekend to deliver a blitz of city services in the 21st Ward. Services included tree trimming, debris and vacant lot clean up, graffiti removal, abandoned vehicle removal and rodent abatement.

“Delivering city services in the most efficient, cost effective manner possible, continues to be one of my top priorities. These are the resources residents need to maintain strong, healthy communities and these are the resources we’ll continue working to provide,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. 

“Every Chicagoan deserves a clean and safe community,” said DSS Commissioner John Tully. “Neighborhood blitzes allow us to quickly and efficiently deliver vital city services to areas with the most need.”

“We look forward to visiting communities across the city this summer to make sure that our roads, alleys, signs and lights are safe and functional in every neighborhood,” said Rebekah Scheinfeld, CDOT commissioner.

Mayor Emanuel kicked off the blitz season in April. The blitzes allow city agencies to efficiently fulfill service requests from residents at one time and address issues like rodent abatement and tree trimming on a larger scale.

The 21st Ward blitz was the seventh of 20 blitzes scheduled to take place in neighborhoods across the City this year. In this blitz, DSS crews trimmed 49 trees, removed 24 abandoned vehicles, removed graffiti in one location and baited 23 alleys. Crews also cleaned eight alleys, 43 lots and 42 parkways, discarding 400 bags of debris from the area.

CDOT crews painted 106 crosswalks and stop bars, repaired six sidewalks and ADA tiles, replaced 198 streets signs and replaced 22 lights along streets and alleys. Crews from the City’s Water Management Department also painted more than 90 fire hydrants and cleaned catch basins.

DSS is the city’s largest provider of non-emergency services. Each year, DSS responds to more than one million requests for city services such as street cleaning, graffiti removal, tree trimming, rodent abatement, snow removal and more.

CDOT keeps the city’s surface transportation networks and public way safe for users, environmentally sustainable, in a state of good repair and attractive, so that its diverse residents, businesses and guests all enjoy a variety of quality transportation options, regardless of ability or destination.

For more information or to request a city service, call 311 or visit Please follow DSS (@streetsandsan) and CDOT (@ChicagoDOT) on Twitter and search #chiblitz to see blitz photos.


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