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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

ENVIR, what should village's do about snow on sidewalks?

Chicago Tribune (Jon Hilkevitch):
Chicago and many suburbs still treat the needs of pedestrians as an afterthought when the flakes fly.

It amounts to a double standard that extends to virtually all automobile-versus-pedestrian issues, according to advocates for creating more walker-friendly communities in northeastern Illinois.

"Sidewalks serve more people than roads do. Why would plowing the roads be considered a basic necessity, while sidewalks are treated as some sort of garnish?" said Ben Helphand, the pedestrian program manager at the Center for Neighborhood Technology in Chicago.

Yesterday I was in Oak Park where a local advocate for the disabled bent-the-ear of a former village trustee about people not clearing their sidewalks.

My contribution to the discussion was that the Village of Oak Park would be hypocrites to write citations for businesses not clearing their sidewalks when the sidewalks adjacent to village parking lots are completely neglected.

Forest Park plows all the public sidewalks in the village.

What should communities do about snow on sidewalks?

2 Comments:

  • That's really nice of Forest Park and I'm jealous.

    By Blogger Cynthia, at 4:46 PM, December 12, 2006  

  • Frist of all,in maywood you czn't get public works to clean the streets or side walks.It is a shzme that we pay our taxe dollards and get nothing. and no body see that we do.Larry Gates is a joke along with most of the people that work in that department.every thing is so union that they fill that they don't have to do anything.go and cry to the union.they making me work for my pay check.they need to hire out side contractors to do the job.I wound bet you that we want have to woory about the streets getting clean or the grass cut.or what ever else.no body calling in sick, hideing, on the job at home watering their gardingor at the village haveing cooking lesson .it time that the elected offical of this town get off their butts and do somthing.

    By Anonymous Hammer, at 4:53 PM, December 12, 2006  

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