Tuesday, February 9, 2010

14thandYou PSA: Please shovel your walk

With more snow coming (the first few flakes of this new storm are falling as I type these words), we wanted to take a moment to implore you to *please* keep your sidewalk shoveled. Many people don't know it (and, it seems, DPW doesn't enforce it), but there is in fact a law on DC's books that requires people to clear their walkways when snow, ice or other impediments are present. That alone may not be sufficient motivation to get you to break out the shovel (nor, perhaps, the threat of being sued for a slip-and-fall in front of your residence), so instead we're going to appeal to your sense of neighborliness.

Getting around town is difficult enough without having to navigate piles of snow and slush in front of residences and businesses (Im looking at you, 7-11) whose owners couldn't be bothered to keep their sidewalk cleared. If you are physically unable to keep your walk cleared, talk to a neighbor or ask one of the gentlemen walking around our neighborhood carrying snow shovels for assistance (though they will probably charge you).

Your local friends and neighbors certainly appreciate it.



9 comments:

14th & Ewww said...

Much agreed!

It should be added that just because there's snow on the ground doesn't mean you no longer have to clean-up after your pet.

So, along with your snow boots bring along that plastic bag - it's bad enough with the amount of yellow snow without having to dodge your pet's other friendly additions.

Anonymous said...

Hmm, first photo was taken in front of Garden District's new location. They are bankrupt and therefore judgment-proof, so I don't think they have much incentive to shovel.

Also, it's worth keeping in mind at least some snowy sidewalks were shoveled -- until certain vehicle owners decided to shovel out their cars by displacing all the snow onto previously cleared sidewalks. Selfish -- though not as selfish as the guy I saw on the Hill shoveling out his car by piling all the snow on top of the car parked in front of his....

Mr. 14th & You said...

Actually, the first photo is in front of AYT's auto shop at 14th and R streets...Garden District is a block north.

Anonymous said...

As happens with every snow, Whole Foods refuses to shovel the walk in front of its employee parking lot on the 1400 block of Church Street. They are reminded every time, but to no avail.

Anonymous said...

I have a dog and I wholeheartedly agree with Ewww about cleaning up after your pet. Even if you don't feel like doing it, imagine what it would be like for you and your pooch if no one picked up after their pets! Please have some consideration for your human and furry neighbors

Anonymous said...

The Lowest Price gas station at the corner of 14th and W does not shovel the sidewalks either! BOO HISS

baltimore said...

Coming from Baltimore tomorrow night to 14th and U st. area. Hoping that I might get a realistic idea of the parking situation there. I was told that street parking on U. Street is available, and that there are also a couple of lots with parking available. Is this true? Any help/advice available would be so greatly appreciated! Thank you

Mr. 14th & You said...

baltimore - Street parking is going to be tough because of the volume of snow along the streets. You may get lucky, but I wouldn't count on it. There are several surface lots around (mainly south of U on 14th) where you would probably have better luck.

baltimore said...

OK, great. I have been hoping lots on 14th would be available, as I have used these in the past. I wasn't sure if these were being used by locals who have had to move cars away from snow emergency routes. (The source who told me that 14th street lots are available is not exactly "reliable".) Thank you very much!