Phoenix Graffiti Busters and Good Neighbor programs win national recognition

[Source: City of Phoenix] — Phoenix Neighborhood Services Department’s “Graffiti Busters” program took the top prize in the Physical Revitalization & Beautification category of the 2009 Best Neighborhood Program Awards, at the Neighborhoods, USA conference in Spokane, WA.  The department’s “Good Neighbor” program placed third in the Social Revitalization/ Neighborliness category.  “We are proud of the impact these two programs have had on the lives of the residents of Phoenix,” said Jerome Miller, director, Neighborhood Services.  “This national recognition honors the cooperative spirit of Neighborhood Services staff and residents, working together to make Phoenix the best it can be.”

The “Graffiti Busters” program was created as a partnership between department staff and residents to identify and remove graffiti as fast as it appears.  Last year, department staff removed more than 52,000 tagged sites.  Staff also trained residents and provided the tools necessary to help in the fight.  The “Good Neighbor” program was created to inspire residents to participate in neighborhood improvement projects through a series of educational & self-awareness oriented classes and workshops.

Neighborhoods, USA is a national nonprofit organization committed to building and strengthening neighborhood organizations.  For more information, click here.

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