Downtown Raleigh Cleanliness

Results from this short survey on downtown Raleigh cleanliness will help inform the City’s operations. For this purpose, downtown Raleigh is defined as Peace Street to Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard, from Boylan Street to Person Street.

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City of Raleigh Poll:
In your opinion, how does the cleanliness of downtown Raleigh compare to other cities’ downtown areas?
Much better
Somewhat better
About the same
Much worse
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Please rate your level of agreement with the following statement: “Litter in downtown Raleigh is removed in an acceptable time frame.”
Strongly agree
Agree
Disagree
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Based on your experience being in downtown Raleigh, please rate whether the following are problems or not:

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Litter:
Not at all a problem
Minor problem
Moderate problem
Serious problem
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Cigarette butts:
Not at all a problem
Minor problem
Moderate problem
Serious problem
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Dirty sidewalks:
Not at all a problem
Minor problem
Moderate problem
Serious problem
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Weeds:
Not at all a problem
Minor problem
Moderate problem
Serious problem
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Leaves/plant debris:
Not at all a problem
Minor problem
Moderate problem
Serious problem
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Other (please specify in comments):
Not at all a problem
Minor problem
Moderate problem
Serious problem
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If litter is a moderate to serious problem in downtown Raleigh, check all areas that apply; otherwise leave blank.
Museums/Legislative/Peace Street (North)
Glenwood South (Northwest)
Warehouse District (Southwest)
Fayetteville/Wilmington/Salisbury Streets (Central)
Performing Arts Center/Shaw University (Southeast)
Person Street/City Market (East)
Other (please specify in comments):
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What time of day is it most common for you to see litter in downtown Raleigh?
Morning (before 8 a.m.)
During the day
Evening (6–8 p.m.)
Night
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What is your relationship to downtown Raleigh? Check all that apply.
Live there
Work there
Visit there
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If you don't live or work in downtown Raleigh, how often did you visit in the past year?
Less than 5 times
5–12 times
More than 12 times
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Thanks for your time! Email teamdowntownraleigh@raleighnc.gov or tag #TeamDowntownRaleigh for future cleanliness issues.
Can the trashcans be stored somewhere else besides the side of the buildings?
ReplyFlag7 Agree16 days ago
Need to put trash bins belonging to businesses somewhere else other than the sidewalk!
ReplyFlag6 Agree15 days ago
The trash cans from businesses lining the sidewalks is disgusting, rotting food and possibly worse. I can't understand why this is not taken into account when businesses are going through the development stage for permitting. Obviously the newer restaurants in older building are the main offenders.
ReplyFlag3 Agree4 days ago
I understand those new big belly trash cans but it is so unsanitary to have to push open the slots to throw away your items because they are gross a lot of the times. I have to admit, I have been throwing my trash into the recycling holes just because i can toss it and be done with it, rather than touching those other sticky handles.
In general, I sometimes have to walk a couple of blocks or have to cross the street to throw away trash, which sometimes can be annoying. I do it but more easy and accessible ones might deter people from throwing it on the street.
ReplyFlag3 Agree9 days ago
Allison McGarityThere is a need for additional trash bins as well as cigarette butt cans.
ReplyFlag2 Agree4 days ago
The sidewalk behind greasy restaurants is a problem. They may need to be pressure washed semi-frequently. I walk on Salisbury behind the Big Easy twice a day every day and it's pretty gross. I feel like the restaurants should pay (at least in part) for this.
ReplyFlag2 Agree9 days ago
I've lived downtown for approximately 6 months and have seen homeless using buildings or the trees as restrooms 3 times. It is disgusting. There are often broken bottles as well on the cut through between Wilmington and Fayetteville Street - many people walk their dogs through this area.
ReplyFlag2 Agree13 days ago
Move then.
You live downtown.
ReplyFlag2 Agree13 days ago
Living downtown does not require accepting insufficient services for the city's homeless population and lack of public restrooms. It doesn't require accepting lazy attitudes of 'someone else will pick up my trash' either.
ReplyFlag4 Agree13 days ago
Burned out streetlights or streetlights so dim they don't actually light the area need to be addressed much more quickly.
ReplyFlag2 Agree15 days ago
Jen BakerPlease report these to SeeClickFix, thanks! https://www.raleighnc.gov/ext/SeeClickFix
ReplyFlagAgree2 days ago
It is so gross dodging the vomit in the sidewalks on weekend mornings.
ReplyFlag2 Agree15 days ago
Empower the DTR ambassadors and parking ticket attendants to remove trash on their routes. And plan their routes accordingly, mindful of high trash areas. A plan to educate ALL citizens to properly dispose of trash may be in order. There are certain areas where specific foot traffic patterns related to a neighborhood have higher volumes of trash where people simply do not care and toss anything and everything.
ReplyFlag1 Agree12 days ago
great work
ReplyFlag1 Agree16 days ago
Everything is broken which gives off a dirty look... from those metal things around lamp posts to make them look old timey that are just falling off, to maps and signage being faded, broken and outdated - it just gives a half assed appearance.
ReplyFlag1 Agree16 days ago
Jen BakerThanks for caring enough to comment! Wanted to let you know that the City of Raleigh and Duke Energy are aware of the widespread streetlight issue. We have an inventory of all the pole skirts missing; when the poles are repainted (hopefully this year), we will request Duke replace the missing skirts shortly thereafter. Maps are also being discussed, hang tight!
ReplyFlagAgree16 days ago
Food debris attracts rats, mice, foxes and raccoons
ReplyFlag1 Agree16 days ago
My only question is how do you define downtown? different areas have different levels of cleanliness.
ReplyFlagAgreeyesterday
Jen BakerFor this survey, downtown Raleigh is loosely defined as Peace Street to Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard, from Boylan Street to Person Street. This link shows the exact borders of the Municipal Services District: http://www.godowntownraleigh.com/_files/docs/bidmap31309.pdf
ReplyFlagAgreeyesterday
The sidewalks smell like trash, beer, urine and vomit. They are disgusting! Especially Morgan Street, Hargett Street and Wilmington Street. I have to hold my nose to walk to work in the morning.
ReplyFlagAgree2 days ago
Raleigh Rocks
ReplyFlagAgree3 days ago
The area around Shaw University is absolutely filthy as there I constantly see trash and cigarette butts everywhere. I try to avoid that area as much as possible.
ReplyFlagAgree3 days ago
Not enough thought is going into sidewalk obstacles. I know we are stuck with fire hydrants and traffic lights but there are too many other obstacles - signage poles, trash cans, bike racks. More than one sign can be put on a pole, but this is rarely happening. Can city departments coordinate here?
ReplyFlagAgree4 days ago
Jay DawkinsOverall, it's one of the cleanest cities I know. Would be great to see more of the recycle/trash combo bins.
ReplyFlagAgree5 days ago
Please please please do something about dog owners not picking up after their pets.
ReplyFlagAgree8 days ago
Also we scheduled a pick up for old furniture last month still sitting in yard. they never picked up. we made many calls! they claimed they came to pick up but furniture were not there?? not true.
ReplyFlagAgree8 days ago
Jen BakerPlease email teamdowntownraleigh@raleighnc.gov with your address so we can check on this, thanks
ReplyFlagAgree4 days ago
I think it looks great. You can't do everything with limited resources and I don't think there needs to be more resources devoted to downtown cleanness.
ReplyFlagAgree9 days ago
I appreciate the recycling stations and hope to see more in the future.
ReplyFlagAgree9 days ago
I don't have a problem with how the city keeps downtown clean, I have a problem with the wat the rest of the city is neglected.
ReplyFlagAgree13 days ago
A trashcan is needed at the corner of Johnson and boylan.
ReplyFlagAgree15 days ago
Dirty trash cans on sidewalks, especially on Martin Street are awful and smelly. Sidewalks don't ever seem to be washed and are stained with all matter of fluids and food stuff. I visit a lot of cities and Raleigh's CBD cleanliness is pretty bad.
ReplyFlagAgree15 days ago
So much urine in the parking decks. Smells so bad.
ReplyFlagAgree15 days ago
It is unacceptable to spend my tax dollars to pick-up cigarette buts. Litter prevention is manageable:
1) Self discipline - Don't throw cigarette buts on the ground.
2) No class society - If you elect to smoke, it is your responsible to take care of the residue. No one is above picking up after themselves.
3) City of Raleigh (CoR) employees who litter disrespect CoR employees tasked with Urban Beautification. Litterers should be disciplined.
ReplyFlagAgree16 days ago
Your ideas may be nice in principle, but I wonder what's cheaper... workers to clean up litter that includes cigarette butts, or, sending our police out to enforce issuing tickets to anyone who throws a butt on the ground in downtown. This requires a cultural change, and we aren't there yet. Until we are, I'm glad that hard-working people are helping to keep the city clean.
ReplyFlag4 Agree16 days ago
Since smoking was banned from inside (which is fine with me) there have been very few butt-cans added, only a few businesses have a place to dispose of them, talk to the places that don't have a can for us smokers.
ReplyFlag1 Agree13 days ago