Neighborhood cleanup days are generally aimed at overgrown vacant lots, trash-strewn alleys, and other spots suffering from community neglect. But Help D.C. Help D.C., a newly formed nonprofit, chose a different target for beautification: On Oct. 19, the group dispatched 30-some volunteers to wash down 18th Street in Adams Morgan. The strip can certainly stand cleaning; every weekend, it gets shellacked with a sticky swill of pizza crusts, spilled booze, and vomit left by the patrons of its dozens of bars and restaurants. But why don’t the bars and restaurants—which incubate the mess and benefit when it’s cleaned up—wash their own sidewalks without recourse to charity? “It’s not that they don’t want to clean,” says Graham King, a personal trainer and the founder of Help D.C. Help D.C. “It’s just not No. 1 on their priority list.” In exchange for the help, King adds, some streetside establishments give the volunteers discounts. —David Morton

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