The St. Louis Continuous Clean Up and Paint Up Campaign

The St. Louis Continuous Clean Up and Paint Up Campaign

The St. Louis, Ill., continuous clean up and paint up campaign bids fair to be selected by the National Clean Up and Paint Up Campaign Bureau as a model for other cities to follow. The various interests, which are represented by the St. Louis Continuous Clean Up and Paint Up Campaign Committee, have worked to this end to prove the fallacy of the old maxim—“A prophet is not without honor, save in his own country”—and that a St. Louisian, Allen W. Clark, editor. “American Faint and Oil Dealer,” “father” of the Clean Up and Paint Up movement, which has become of national importance—received due recognition in his home city. That this has been accomplished is largely due to the splendid co-operation of the municipal departments, especially the Fire Department, under the able direction of Chief Frank K. Henderson. The Fire Department is doing effective work in beautifying the city. Firemen, under Chief Henderson’s direction, have made a survey of the vacant lots in the vicinities of the engine houses for the Vacant Lot Gardens Committee, and in addition, have “adopted” three lots. No. 10 have beautified the northeast corner of Jefferson avenue and Walnut street by sodding the lot and planting flowers. No. 52, at 6810 Clayton road, have also a vacant lot of which they are justly proud. No. 23 have cleared a large lot, on Kraus street, west of Broadway, of rubbish and put it in a presentable condition. The roofs of all buildings in the business and industrial districts were inspected and the landlords, agents and tenants were notified to clear them of all rubbish, in compliance with the city ordinance prohibiting the throwing of rubbish on the roofs of buildings. The Young Men’s Progressive Civic Association inspected 4,000 city blocks and reported 990 ash pits in 220 blocks which were a menace to health and property and greatly increased the fire risk. The wooden ash pits and those in need of repair were reported to the Fire Department, and the landlords aud agents were at once notified that the premises must be put in a safe condition. That the St. Louis Continuous Clean Up and Paint Up Campaign will greatly lessen the fire loss is evidenced by the result of a similar campaign in Ohio. Governor Willis, in a. recent address, in discussing the subject, said: “The $600,000 reduction fire loss from $1,341,348 in 1913 to $793,796 in 1914 may be traced largely to the result of the Clean Up and Paint Up Campaign. This has meant a reduction of insurance rates in the business sections from five to eight per cent., and an annual saving of perhaps $160,000 in lire insurance premiums. The Fire Marshal of Ohio is making a state wide campaign.”

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