Feb 10, 2011
Walk a mile, or 20,000, in their shoes
Taking out the trash is never on anyone’s favorite to-do list at home, but imagine picking up 250 bags of trash a day! The Centro San Antonio Amigos recently released these and other impressive statistics of the services provided in the downtown Public Improvement District during the first quarter of the fiscal year, stretching from Oct 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010. Centro San Antonio provides a variety of services to businesses and properties downtown including maintenance, landscaping, and (“Ambassadors”) public service representatives who help locals and visitors with information about and directions to get around downtown. All Amigos sport the khaki and gold uniforms with purple jackets in cooler months, making them easy to spot. Over the course of these three months, Maintenance Amigos picked up 23,294 bags of trash, powerwashed 9,574,451 square feet of (pavement) sidewalks, removed over 2,000 graffiti tags, and weeded over 134 block faces. Landscaping Amigos planted and watered over 1,272 plants, and Ambassador Amigos assisted 182,570 people. This quarter also marked the first time Centro measured how active the Amigos were by providing pedometers that measured steps and mileage throughout the course of their shifts. When including all service contracts such as the River Walk and River North, the Amigos collectively took 56,852,305 steps, translating into over 21,535 miles of service to the Downtown District!