Shoveling away the Snowpocalypse

The big snow event over the weekend produced some great photos and opportunities for fun in the snow. Even better than that for some of us is the 3 day weekend! However life must go on and we have no choice but to shovel and plow ourselves out.

Yesterday in my partial walkthrough of the neighborhood Museum Square, Madrigal, City Vista, and the DuMont had cleared their sidewalks. The large surface parking lots on the 300 and 400 blocks of K Street NW had not. This was especially troublesome on the parking lots 900 block frontage along Eye Street. The 425 Eye street renovations are already blocking off the west sidewalk with fencing so the lack of snow clearing on the east sidewalk leaves pedestrians no choice but to walk in the road.

The east side of the 900 block of 5th Street, along the vacant properties, seems like the snow has been packed down by heavy Safeway foot traffic rather than shoveled. That’s a recipe for an icy fall. Hopefully the CID Clean Team can throw down some salt.

What other critical sidewalks or roads in the neighborhood are not yet cleared?

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    Anonymous says

    5th and Eye lot sidewalks — not cleared. NPS Reservation at Mass between 5th and 6th — not cleared. 915 5th St. and the parking lot sidewalk next door — not cleared.

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    Tim says

    NPS does not have even a fraction of the staff they would need to clear the sidewalks of all citywide parks on the same day. The Downtown BID and MVT CID should ideally clear the sidewalks of the parks within their boundaries.

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    Anonymous says

    Snow sucks. It might have been fun on Saturday for those who reenacted their youth. But now we've got days ahead of us of unshoveled or icy sidewalks, barely plowed side streets, and onstreet parking spots that are nearly impossible to get in and out of.

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    Tom Veil says

    The sidewalks at the H/Mass intersection could use some help! The property owners pretty much took care of theirs, but the city hasn't done anything with the parks or overpasses.

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    Anonymous says

    The city and NPS don't do their jobs when it comes to sidewalks. Neither do the parking lot owners (they clear the entrance but nothing else). When is the city going to start fining downtown businesses for not taking care of the sidewalks. This is a pedestrian area.

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    Anonymous says

    SCORE — I just found the phone numbers for the guys in charge of shovelling the NPS parks. Please start calling them and insisting that they shovel the MVTriangle reservations — Sean at 202-359-1551 and Jorge at 202-528-9608.