We are a Downtown neighborhood, and sit atop the biggest transit hub on the West Coast, north of San Francisco. With growing commuter traffic, our office and residential population, and over 120 restaurants, keeping the neighborhood clean and attractive is a full-time effort.


  • The BIA contracted with CleanScapes/Recology in 2011 to clean the streets and alleys of Chinatown and Japantown
  • In 2012, the neighborhood secured a city grant (and matching dollars from local businesses) to expand two-day-a-week cleaning into Little Saigon
  • CleanScapes/Recology provides on-demand removal of all illegal dumping, bio-hazards and graffiti (below eight feet) — HOTLINE:  206-250-7500
  • Currently the CleanScapes/Recology spends six hours removing litter and graffiti every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.  Their service includes:
    • Sweeping of sidewalks from building line to curb—curb detailing, removing all debris from curbs
    • Removal of graffiti tags and stickers from light poles, mailboxes, parking signs
    • Removal of all graffiti tags and repainting of all parking pay stations
    • Weekly pressure-washing of neighborhood sidewalks and alleys
    • Cleanup of trash and other debris left by encampments in the public right of way
    • Check each alley for needed clean up and illegal dumping, focus on problem alleys
    • Human/animal waste removal in public right of way
    • Removal and composting of all leaves in fall season
    • Additional focused cleaning in areas with high transit, evening and residential traffic
    • Mechanized sweeping and cleaning to increase efficiency where appropriate


While it’s important to have consistent litter removal, it’s just as important to have strong oversight of the pedestrian realm and the ability to quickly follow up on issues before they become bigger problems.

  • BIA Program Manager resolves Ratepayer issues
  • BIA works closely with waste service providers and Seattle Public Utilities on the following outreach and education to the local business community on City-initiatives
  • Daily reporting and follow-up on issues such as:
    • Graffiti on public and private property
    • Damaged city infrastructure (i.e. burned out street lights, abandoned or illegal newspaper boxes)
    • On-call biohazard and illegal dumping removal
    • Public art and street furniture installations that need repair


A century ago, the alleys in Chinatown and Japantown were home to families, businesses, and served as a bustling center of activity in the community. However, for decades, the alleys have fallen into disrepair and have been home to large dumpsters to accommodate the extreme concentration of restaurants in the District. Over the past few years, community members have come together to identify strategies to bring life back into the neighborhood’s alleys.

  • In 2012, the neighborhood piloted the Clear Alley Program in the core of Chinatown.
  • In 2014, the BIA began working with SPU to expand the Clear Alley Program footprint north of Jackson and South of Weller to include all C-ID alleys
  • Continue working with property owners, businesses and building managers to streamline waste pickup and costs
  • Advocate on behalf of ratepayers for thorough and responsive service from the City and service providers


While much of public space management is playing defense against litter and graffiti, we can’t lose track of our opportunities to play offense, and plan for the future of our parks, sidewalks and public realm.

  • Manage the community process for the Hing Hay Park expansion
  • Pilot the City’s first translated street sign program in Chinatown and Japantown
  • Expand the City’s new Parklet program to support businesses and active sidewalks in the Chinatown-ID
  • Engage community stakeholders in the future expansion of the City’s Green Streets Initiative
  • Continue to grow the C-ID Alley Activation Program


Community support is a large part of our success. Each year we invite our partners and supporters to come out and help clean the District at the C-ID Spring Clean in April. With the help of our closest 300-500 friends, we paint out graffiti, pick up litter, improve community gardens, and paint storefronts, to make our district sparkle for the summer shopping season. We also promote an electronics recycling event to help our businesses and neighbors properly dispose of unwanted computers and medical equipment so that it doesn’t end up in our alleys. To get involved in our cleaning efforts, contact Don Blakeney.

In 2016, the CIDBIA hopes to increase this program to daily service:

  • Litter Removal: Daily, 6:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.; On-Demand
  • Graffiti Removal: Daily, 6:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.; On-Demand
  • Pressure Washing: Saturday and Sunday, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Removal of Illegal Dumping/Bio-hazards: On-Demand

To learn more about the expanded BIA in 2016, click here.