The South East Chicago Commission has contracted with the popular employment readiness and beautification group Cleanslate to clean several South Side streets, including 57th Street, as well as installing planters and banners.
“These improvements are the first phase of a larger plan designed to bring new consumers and new residents to South Side neighborhoods,” said Wendy Williams, Executive Director of the SECC, in a statement. “Both businesses and residents will benefit from a more appealing business corridor and from the workforce development component of the effort.”
In Hyde Park, the added services will only impact 57th Street. 53rd Street and Hyde Park Boulevard, where Cleanslate was contracted through the 53rd Street TIF until a couple of years ago, is not slated for the service, though a proposed Special Service Area might include similar improvements.
The service was very popular when employed by the TIF, but increased costs and diminished revenue led the 53rd Street Advisory Council to eliminate it.