The South Side Bar And Restaurant Association (SSBAR) held its first "Operation Clean Sweep" over the weekend on Sunday, Sept. 9.
The event kicked off at the 18th and Carson Street public parking lot by owners, employees and volunteers of 35 longstanding bars and restaurants in the East Carson Street corridor. Also in attendance were volunteers from The University of Pittsburgh Student Government Council.
The effort aimed to clean up trash along East Carson Street from the 10th Street Bridge to the 24th Street as well as cross-streets from Sarah Street to Muriel Street.
The SSBAR's mission is unify the night-time economy's business community to create and maintain a safe, clean, and vibrant area for residents, visitors, and fellow businesses.
SSBAR is working in cooperation with the Responsible Hospitality Institute (RHI) on the Pittsburgh Sociable City Plan project. RHI president Jim Peters applauds the Clean Sweep initiative as an opportunity for South Side nightlife venues to work together with city agencies and community organizations.
"This is a new chapter in South Side's long history as a social destination," observed Mr. Peters, himself a Pittsburgh restaurateur in the 1970s. "The cooperative spirit among business owners to collaborate with their peers and with the community establishes a new foundation for overcoming challenges of the recent past. South Side is on the way to becoming a safer, more vibrant neighborhood for residents and visitors."