Walking around town you notice that the majority of people are out shoveling the sidewalk in front of their house, even after they have gotten so sick of the shovel they are ready to move to Puerto Rico (do they have snow? If it is possible, they probably have some now).
Some people though just will not shovel. They might have some reason – might be too old to be out risking a heart attack, might have some physical disability. Still, as a home owner, you have the responsibility to get the sidewalk shoveled, it is the (probably not enforced) law. You can afford a house, hiring somebody to shovel shouldn’t be that hard.
I thought about knocking on some doors and asking some Grandview residents just why they didn’t shovel their sidewalk. But – people who don’t care about the safety of the people using their sidewalk probably don’t have any problem telling me to stick my head in a snowbank. So instead, I took some photos and I’ll try to guess why these people can’t be bothered to shovel. These pics were all taken on Friday, at least 5 days after the last snow.
These people obviously care about the way the house looks, the place is well maintained, but nothing is shoveled. Lots of people have used the stairs, but they didn’t try to keep them clear. I’m going to guess this house has some elderly residents who have kids who hate them. Note the flag, a strip has torn almost off and is stuck to the porch roof.
I saw this a lot – three houses in a row with no shoveled sidewalk. I’m guessing the first guy doesn’t shovel, the second guy says “if he doesn’t have to shovel, then I don’t either”, and on down till we find an owner with a functioning sense of responsibility.
These people also have another sign of the jackass, they have shoveled the steps from their own porch down to the street, but don’t touch the sidewalk. My suggestion – if your neighbor does this, go out at night and throw snow onto their steps.
They had the energy to build a snowman in the front yard, but they can’t clean off their own steps? People are weird.
These people did shovel, I just like the igloo. A few more days of snow and we will all be living in igloos.
I know that owning a house on the corner seems unfair. You have three times the sidewalk that any other house on the street is required to keep clear. But you knew that when you bought the place. And there are a lot of responsible corner house owners who do a great job. You don’t have to do it all at once, but at least you can try (and you didn’t have any issue with keeping your own steps clear, did you?)
The houses on the main streets have an extra responsibility, those sidewalks are used by a lot of kids going to school. At this corner, there is also a bus stop. People will be standing on this slippery sidewalk waiting for a bus. Hope they don’t have any mobility issues, because this homeowner also failed to cut any paths from the sidewalk, through the deep piles, to the street. You are on your own, hope you have ice mountain climbing skills, lowly bus riders.
These wonderful people are moving out, but they didn’t clear off the sidewalk. So now the movers have to traverse a 20 foot section of sidewalk carrying heavy stuff, with snow and ice under foot. Oops! Sorry they dropped your family heirlooms and trampled them into the snow. If I was a mover I would tack on an extra 50% for unshoveled sidewalks.
Did I feature your house in this photo story? Have some lame excuse? Use the contact form in the “About” section, or comment below. And yes, my sidewalk is so clean you can eat off it. As long as the things you are eating are frosty deserts with a light dusting of snow.