Greater City Providence

Chicago sidewalks vs. Providence sidewalks

Chicago Department of Transportation crews clearing snow from the sidewalk on the Kinzie Street Bridge during January 2012 snowstorm.

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Image from Chicago DOT Facebook page

Typical condition of Atwells Avenue bridge after a snow storm (unplowed).

Atwells Avenue
January 2011

I’m just sayin’…

Jef Nickerson

Jef is Greater City Providence's co-founder, editor, and publisher. He grew up on Cape Cod and lived in Boston; Portland, Maine; and New York before settling in Providence. In addition to urbanism, Jef is interested in art, design, and ice cream. Please feel free to contact Jef if you have any question or comments about Greater City Providence.


  • I moved here from Fargo, ND where it snows every day, so you shovel every day, usually more than once. Five years later, I remain shocked at the fact that so few people in Providence think it necessary to shovel. Despite all of the problems in this city, that’s one that irks me the most. Instead of jacking up car tax, they could rake it in by actually fining people for not shoveling, or do both, cause we’re broke.

  • In all my life as a RIer, it seems as though the art of shoveling and plowing has become endangered in this state. People have very little understanding on how to plow/shovel sidewalks, driveways, streets, etc., and even less of an idea on how to drive in the snow. This is New England, not New Mexico, we’ve seen snow before, and should take some initiative in clearing snow & driving safely on the poorly plowed streets.

  • Nice, I hope it shames the city into doing something about it. It’s too bad, when Lombardi was councilman for the 13th he made damned sure those overpasses were cleared.

    I’ve gotta work on Principe about that.

  • I don’t remember the overpasses being clear when Lombardi was councilor. However, it appeared on my way home, that someone dragged a shovel across the Atwells overpass sometime today.

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