Sidewalk shirkers should be told: 'Shovel or pay'
By Harald Fuller-Bennett,
On Saturday, the District endured a moderate snowstorm. Sunday, however, was sunny and warm. The snow was still fluffy on the ground, and it was perfect shoveling weather. But many residents and businesses in my neighborhood, Petworth, chose to ignore their civic and legal responsibility to clear the snow and ice from in front of their properties.
I shoveled my sidewalk — it took all of 15 minutes. By Monday night, after two freeze-and-thaw cycles, the snow left on the walks elsewhere had become a treacherous ice slick, difficult for anyone to walk over and even harder to remove. Now more snow has fallen, and there’s another storm in the forecast.
I have not seen the D.C. authorities take any action, however. Are tickets being issued? The law is on the books, and it should be enforced. If residents cannot get off of their lazy behinds and spend a few minutes removing snow, then the city should remind them of their responsibility.
| February 3, 2010; 8:20 AM ET
Categories: D.C., HotTopic, weather
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