Keep Akron Beautiful Uses Community Appearance Index

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Posted: Monday, June 6, 2016 10:13 pm | Updated: 12:50 pm, Wed Jun 8, 2016.

AKRON, Ohio -- Keep Akron Beautiful conducted the Community Appearance Index on June 2, a tool designed by Keep America Beautiful to visually assess the overall appearance of communities through indicators such as litter, illegal signs and graffiti. A team of community, business and government representatives conducted the visual analysis using a scoring system with choices ranging from 1-4, with "1" being minimal or no litter to "4" being extremely littered.

The Litter Index for the city of Akron rated 1.11. Temporary Illegal Signage Index rated a 1.07, reflecting an average of fewer than 5 signs illegally placed on public land in any one ward and the Graffiti Index rated a 1. A 2 graffiti rating would mean 1-2 small tags per ward, no larger than 6' by 6' and could be cleaned up by 1-2 people.

This year's index numbers for litter have improved since last year's survey. While all ten wards scored an average number less than 2, Ward 4 had the lowest average number of litter. The city of Akron's overall Litter Index decreased from last year's index number from 1.14 to 1.11. The graffiti index had a slight decrease from 1.07 to 1 and the illegal temporary signage index increased from 1.27 to 1.07, when comparing 2016's rating to last year's numbers.

This year the survey team included; Keep Akron Beautiful staff; Jacqui Flaherty-Ricchiuti, Helen Dauka, Pam Ray and Gordon Bartell, KAB Emeritus Board Member; Sue Kruder, KAB Board Member; Allan Johnson, community volunteers; Brigitte Ford and Shelby Baker.

"Keep Akron Beautiful staff and community volunteers work hard year round to improve the quality of life for residents and visitors of our city," said Jacqui Flaherty-Ricchiuti, KAB CEO. "Thanks to the Community Appearance Index, we're able to show with statistics that their hard work really does make a difference!"

The team also surveyed 5 land uses for the appearance of litter during the windshield survey: commercial, industrial, educational, recreational and residential. This year the residential areas were more littered than the other 4 land uses while overall, the educational and commercial areas in Akron appeared to be the most litter-free.

SOURCE: Keep Akron Beautiful

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