Cleanup underway after papal visit

Sanitation crews sweep up discarded water bottles after the papal visit. (Alejandro A. Alvarez / staff)

Pope Francis is back in Rome, but some remnants of his trip to Philadelphia remain.

Crews were out on city streets Monday morning, removing fences that had been erected for the papal visit and clearing trash left over from the throngs that swarmed the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The stage at Eakins Oval where the pope celebrated Mass on Sunday was also in the process of being dismantled.

The city had resembled a ghost town in places amid heavy traffic restrictions during the papal visit, but streets were somewhat busier with cars on Monday. Highways have been reopened and most public transit is running normally.

Philadelphia School District and Archdiocese schools, however, remain closed, as do city courts. Trash pickup in Philadelphia is also suspended; those with Monday pickups should hold their materials until next week.

The cleanup process began before the papal Mass had ended, but there was still much to do Monday.