Chinatown to get a major sprucing 

It’s time to grab a mop and some friends for a major sprucing up of Chinatown as the neighborhood gears up for Chinese New Year.

The Department of Public Works said it is launching “an extensive, public and private weeklong cleaning program” throughout next week.

They’re calling the effort a “super eco blitz.”

It is the second in a series of cleanup programs aimed at supporting merchant corridors during tough economic times, “keeping them clean and inviting for visitors and shoppers,” the agency said.

The first cleanup event was held in Union Square before the Christmas shopping season. The department said it plans to sponsor programs in South of Market and around AT&T Ballpark in April and Fisherman’s Wharf before the summer tourist season.

A large volunteer event, “Volunteer with Your Valentine for Chinese New Year,” will be held on Feb. 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the North Ping Yuen Housing Development at 838 Pacific Ave.

Also next week, city agencies will fill potholes, conduct special inspections for sidewalk safety, clean tree basins, paint curbs, remove graffiti, and paint litter receptacles, the department said.

City departments have already cleaned the Stockton Tunnel, steam cleaned the Chinatown Gateway at Grant Avenue and have begun repairing the dragon lights on Grant Avenue, it said.

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