Businesses should shovel the sidewalk

Published February 24, 2015 by justicewg

One of my most popular posts last year was called “Shovel the Sidewalk”. I walked around Grandview taking pictures of the sidewalks in front of houses where the owners didn’t bother to shovel 5 days after the last snowstorm.

I’m not sure, but I think people have done a better job this year. Looking around I still see the occasional ice covered sidewalk, but I also see long stretches of cleared pavement. Maybe because there hasn’t been as much snow this year home owners still haven’t gotten tired of the shovel. I’m not going to take more photos of private houses this year, even though they are not being good neighbors, I will let them slide (as I slip on the ice past their homes).

Businesses in Grandview have even less excuses for leaving snow on the sidewalk. Part of the job you accept when you run a business is to keep the place maintained and safe for the public. It is the law, and you are making it hard for people with mobility issues to use the walk (and to get inside your business). What sense does it make to put out the unwelcome mat and drive people away?

These photos were taken on Tuesday, 4 days after the last snow.

Almost shoveledThis business at First and Grandview tried. Unfortunately, the city plowed more snow on to the sidewalk after the shoveling was finished, turning a 10 foot long section into a ice obstacle course. Your responsibility extends for the entire time there is snow on the ground, “I tried but then gave up” is not acceptable on this main travel route for children walking to school.

awning 1The business at 1205 Grandview Ave. also did a sloppy job. The sidewalk belongs to you, all the way to the curb. Shoveling a small area near the building is lazy.

shokuI can’t understand why the people who own this restaurant fail to keep the sidewalk clear. Foot traffic is everything for a restaurant! What does this say about how you will treat your customers, when you can’t respect them enough to clear the sidewalk?

GrandviewAve0000This business is in a busy part of Grandview Ave, lots of traffic, which they are trying to use and get noticed with the largest sign on the whole street. That’s not good advertising when you are saying “we want your business, but we don’t care enough  about customers to keep the walks clear. Seems like somebody could slip and have to file an insurance claim (hey, maybe there is some logic in both causing and insuring accidents).

clinicThis clinic at First and Grandview is a major path for kids on the way to school, and everyone else who walks on this street. Both the clinic and the building on the corner have an icy mess in front. If your business doesn’t care about the foot traffic, and you can’t be bothered to shovel, then move someplace else, and let a new business that cares take your spot on the street.


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