Philadelphia making a clean sweep the day after Made in America

Crews are working to get the Benjamin Franklin Parkway back to normal.

Kristen Johanson
September 03, 2018 - 12:00 pm
Clean-up crews try to put the Benjamin Franklin Parkway back in order after Made in American 2018.

Kristen Johanson/KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) —  The two-day music festival Made In America, featuring Kendrick Lamar, Meek Mill and Nicki Minaj, has wrapped, and now the cleanup begins. 

As crews pull down barriers and fencing along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, trash trucks and city sweepers roam the streets around the Art Museum, picking up beer cans, water bottles and food wrappers left behind by concert goers. 

"I saw a lot of those little advertisements, where people are promoting different concerts. They are thrown about along the street here," said a neighbor who identified herself as Vera. 

She and other residents say the litter isn’t as bad this year as it has been in the past. 

"I’ve been out and about both days. It’s less taxing than in previous years. The crowds every year are less and less," she said.

"They put out 1,000 trash cans, and people were using them," said Sue, who lives nearby. "I think it's better this year. I actually do. Because last year it was overwhelmed."

Neighbor Howard says he is used to the chaos.

"[It] seems like everything is in order. They are cleaning up real good. You can hear the music from where our apartment is, but it’s not bad," he said. 

Neighbor Nancy said she was impresssed by the police presence. "The cops are cool. They do their jobs, and they do it well. I mean, I'm always really impressed when you hear the news the next day there isn't something really bad that's happened. When you think of all the people and all the things that can go wrong, it really says a lot about the cops."

All streets around the area will be reopened by morning rush hour Tuesday.