Oh, snow, Mayor Bloomberg!
Dangit, Mayor Bloomberg! I'm watching with despair as you and New York City continue to struggle to dig out from the day-after-Christmas blizzard. It's not supposed to be this way. When Washington found itself in the same situation after last February's snowpocalypse, I dripped with Big Apple's-better-than-y'all indignation.
Since moving to Washington from New York -- three years ago this week -- I have marveled at how just the mention of the word "snow" can paralyze this place. Schools close whether the white stuff shows up or not. And when actual snow hits, fuhgeddaboudit. Washington is a mess, literally. Streets go unplowed. Sidewalks often glisten with snow and ice until the sun does the job for ne'erdowell property owners. Those who do do their civic duty, more often than not, leave a trench as wide as their shovel will make. And don't get me started on the pliés I have to do to clear every corner.
Now, I'm hanging my head in shame in snowless Washington.
Bloomberg deserves a version of the slam MSNBC's Chris Matthews leveled at Washington's government. "Why can't a government town do a government job?," Matthews said. "We had the weather of Buffalo and the snowplowing capability of Miami." At least Bloomberg recognizes he messed up. "We did not do as good a job as we wanted to do or the city has come to expect," he said Wednesday.
Good. As we all know, the first step to recovery is admitting that you have a problem -- and getting those streets plowed.
| December 30, 2010; 12:24 PM ET
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