Sunday, February 6, 2011

Winter Woes: Or somebody is trying to kill me by not clearing the sidewalk

Facts as per the City of Philadelphia:
  • According to the Philadelphia Code (10-720), "... the owner, agent, and tenants of any building or premise shall clear a path of not less than 36 inches in width on all sidewalks abutting the building or premises within 6 (six) hours after the snow has ceased to fall. The path shall be thoroughly cleared of snow and ice. "
  • The penalty for violating this provision can range from "a minimum fine of fifty dollars ($50) to no more than three hundred dollars ($300) for each violation."
  • To report a sidewalk or curb cut that has not been cleared, residents may call the Streets Department Customer Affairs Unit at (215) 686-5560.  For all City services dial 3-1-1.   

    Seriously - has the city not visited South Philadelphia? I slipped twice trying to navigate my way. And in Queen Village? There are stretches of thick ice that require ice cleats and maybe even some grapples and hooks. It's like that movie Sanctum, but without me being crazy and in a deep cave. But it's definitely death-defying.

    Hopefully the higher temperatures of today will take care of the problem that the city didn't.

    Get ready for Monday's Interview on Wheels!

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