Of course, the focus here is cleanliness, lack of litter and graffiti. Maintenance of public open spaces, medians, streets, sidewalks, curbs, ditches and shoulders. The condition of unattended buildings, lots and trash receptacles. The existence of dog waste policies and receptacles. Maintenance of hardscapes: lamp posts, benches and playgrounds. The appropriate use and placement of graphic elements such as banners, signs and murals. Clear evidence of wide community involvement and youth participation in tidiness and Clean-up Days. And finally,the recognition given to volunteer efforts throughout the community at all levels.