With 24-7 activity and at least a couple of bars on every block, downtown Raleigh generates a lot of litter: More than 11,000 pounds of it annually, and the number grows every year.
Most of that’s been getting picked up by red-shirted “Clean Ambassadors” who patrol the streets armed with brooms and dustpans.
On Wednesday, the Downtown Raleigh Alliance christened two new sidewalk sweepers for the cleaning crews. After a naming contests, the organization dubbed the machines Wally and Izzy, in honor of Sir Walter Raleigh and Isabella Cannon, the city’s first female mayor.
“Keeping a downtown clean is both a quality of life enhancement and contributes to our economic success,” DRA president David Diaz said in a news release. “Investors are looking for a well-managed campus when they visit our downtown. Providing seven-day-a-week cleaning service will present downtown in its best light.”
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The machines can reach in the dark corners around Fayetteville Street planters and benches, and they leave behind a scented disinfectant.