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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Frightful, not delightful

"Oh the weather outside sucks hairy donkey balls."

Oh, that's not how the song goes? Could have fooled me. Because it is not yet winter and since last Thursday, a full week ago, we have had three snow storms and must have at least two feet of snow on the ground. Maybe more. I don't know. I am refusing to go out of my house until spring. Or at least a January thaw.

I'd like to leave the house, but that's nigh on impossible. You can't walk anywhere around here because every freaking asshat in the entire city has refused to shovel their sidewalks. Oh, they shovel and snowblow their driveways so they can get to the malls for some last minute shopping, but those of us who rely on sidewalks for walking, we're screwed royally.

Unbelievable, but true, our fair city does not require private citizens to clear their own sidewalks. After all, we only live in freaking New England, where the average snowfall every winter is like 7 million inches. Why fool with Mother Nature, the Mayor evidentally believes, because not only do private citizens not have to plow, the freaking city doesn't have to plow either. Oh, yeah they are supposed to. But they don't, and nobody enforces it because our city is run by a Mayor with serious deficits in the brain category.


Because nobody feels any desire to clear their walks, if you walk anywhere, like say to SCHOOL, you get to walk in the street. Streets here aren't like in California, 6 or 8 lanes wide. Streets here are narrow, and with the extra snow on either side of the road, they are even narrower than normal. Kids can't traverse the huge snowbanks, the snow on the sidewalks is too deep to walk on without snowshoes, so what is left is the street. The same streets that cars with Masshole drivers use. That school buses and trucks use. Even the snowplows use the streets. If you think that this is a recipe for disaster, boy are you right on the money.


The Girl walks to school. From our driveway, she immediately is poured onto the street because our plow guy barely plows our driveway and shovels the walks in front of our house, he certainly does NOT do the non-existant sidewalks that parallel the street. We don't have sidewalks in front of our property, they're not required by the city and so the cheaper landowners don't want to pay for them. While we live on a large tract of land in a suburban setting, we're only few blocks or so away from a very commercial area of town. The most commercial area of town. This is what the sidewalks look like.


What sidewalk? Um, yeah. And what's worse. This is a state road, meaning the Commonwealth is supposed to be clearing it.

So let's summarize. Private citizens do not clear their sidewalks. The City does not clear the commercial areas. The State does not clear the state roads. And the pedestrians? Well screw them! Oh, and winter hasn't started yet. Miami is starting to look good.

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3 Comments:

Blogger Rhea said...

Gosh, you're worse off than even me. I thought it was bad here in JP. But I think Boston requires property owners to clear sidewalks. Even so, it's spotty.

21/12/07 10:25 AM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Looks as if it has been discussed again recently:
http://www.ci.newton.ma.us/Aldermen/Public%20Facilities/2007/120507PF-Report.pdf
And it seems your ALDERMEN not your mayor are the problem.
If I were you I'd get writing/phoning and get many others to do so as well so that they may actually grow some balls and expand the bylaw of clearing sidewalks to residential areas as well.

21/12/07 6:42 PM  
Blogger Daisy said...

This makes my small city look good. Sidewalk clearing is mandatory, and there is actually a fine for those who don't do it within a certain time frame. But small is easier to regulate; a big city like Boston would be much tougher.

22/12/07 2:26 PM  

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