Here it is!
First of all, I’ll say that sidewalks on Atwells are better this year than in previous years. Saying that however is not saying very much. For example, I had to help push a woman in an electric wheelchair out of the snow and back on to the sidewalk. I don’t know where she was heading or if she ever made it there (someone in a car, swerved around her, then sat in his car and watched, contemplating helping maybe, who knows).
Looking at the sidewalk issue, the offenders by and large are businesses, parking lot owners, and the city. I walked along the residential portions of Federal and DePasquale and the sidewalks were all clear and mostly almost dry there.
Sidewalk Gold Star goes to Angelos as always. This sidewalk was actually clear when I was walking around in the blizzard on Sunday morning. Notice the sidewalk is clear all the way into the street so pedestrians can get from the crosswalk onto the curb.
This is where the sidewalks on DePasquale stops being clear, right where there are parking lots. You know, when people park, they get out of their cars and become pedestrians. It is true! I’ve seen it happen!
Parking lot across the street, so neither side of DePasquale has a sidewalk here. Imagine the outcry if there was still 2 feet of snow in the road instead of the sidewalks, they’d be burning the mayor in effegy.
While the sidewalks on Atwells are generally clear, this is a very common problem. Where the sidewalk meets the alleys (this is Messenger Street), the snow is not clear. So you have to navigate the muck. It is one of these areas where I had to push the lady in the wheelchair back up on to the sidewalk.
Generally clear sidewalk, turn around and…
…sigh. See, the sidewalk is not cleared into the crosswalk, you have to mount a snow bank, and then once you do, there is still snow in the triangle. Although, even when there is not snow, there are no curb cuts here, so that lady in the wheelchair is shit out of luck regardless of the season.
The other side of Dean Street you have this. The sidewalks behind me in the photo are clear, but the access to the crosswalk is not. The Snow Removal Ordinance requires that this area be cleared.
d) Remove or cause to be removed all snow from pedestrian-access ramps cut into street curbs bordering said building or lot;
It is never done.
Another parking lot, the snow is piled up in the sidewalk like this every year.
Did Ricotti’s go out of business, are they closed for the holidays? I’m not being facetious just because their sidewalk makes it impossible for anyone to reach them, they looked closed. Closed or no, they still need to clear their sidewalk by law.
More vacant storefront goodness. This packed ice will likely be here well into the new year.
Garibaldi Park, the city’s domain. It looks like an attempt to clear the sidewalks was made here, which is quite impressive because that never happens. But the plows came by again and dumped snow right back onto the sidewalks, sigh.
Bus stop here is kinda clear. The ad in the shelter is different than it was Sunday, someone was determined to change that ad!
But see how the bus stop and sidewalk can be completely clear if you actually put a modicum of effort into it. This is outside Dominica Manor, directly across from the other bus stop and Garibaldi Park.
Would someone please buy me this vacant building at the head of Atwells and give me money to fix it up!? I promise I will shovel the sidewalks. Notice the pedestrian in the street.
The printing company between the vacant white building and the corner clears their sidewalks, but…
The Atwells Bridge. You know, I don’t really care if this is city or state jurisdiction, I blame the city. If it is city jurisdiction, then they should be clearing it. If it is state jurisdiction, then the mayor and city council should be making damn well sure the state gets it cleared. See how either way, I get to blame the city?
Same story at the Broadway bridge and every bridge in the city.
More Broadway, I think with the Textron Academy across the street, this is technically a school zone.
Mister Mayor, these conditions do not a city where one can live without a car make.