Ice City: The District's Cool New Tool
Things change, and things stay the same. In the District, where clearing streets of snow and ice has long been an extra special challenge, the city's performance during winter weather events has definitely improved in recent years. But there's still a ways to go, and now the Adrian Fenty administration has developed a cool new tool you can use to check up on the District's progress in making the streets passable.
Click here and you'll find an interactive map that shows you in real time which streets have been plowed or salted and which remain untreated. In my travels this morning, I've found the DC Snowplow pilot project to be quite accurate: My own street remains, as the map says, untouched by municipal services, whereas the next block over indeed got the very nice salt treatment that the map says it got.
Looking up your street on the map doesn't do anything to get you out of your house and on your way to work, but it is a nifty way to determine how easy it will be to get where you're headed. And it's a nice piece of evidence to have if you want to start agitating for city services. Plus, it's just downright cool.
Preliminary conclusion: There is, as legions of mayors have contended, no rhyme or reason to which neighborhoods get service and which don't. Sorry, but all those wonderful conspiracy theories about how the city favors rich neighborhoods or favors poor neighborhoods, or favors one race over another, falter in the face of the Snowplow tool's picture of a city where random blocks got salted and others just didn't.
Anyway, it's a nice way to pass the hours on a quiet, lovely ice day.
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