On February 18, 2009, Bruce Laidlaw wrote:
You just have to walk around the City to see that the sidewalk snow removal system is broken. Many public sidewalks are almost impassible, surely impassible to people with disabilities. It is surprising the City hasn't been sued for its poor public sidewalk maintenance. Your story mentions two of the reasons the system is broken. There is no real enforcement except by complaints. Also, the City is completely hung up on warnings. In other words, everyone gets away with ignoring the law unless a citizen complains. Even then, there is only a warning.
Birmingham is an example of the opposite. It gives only one warning. It comes in the form of a newspaper announcement at the beginning of winter. Failure to heed the warning results in a citation issued by an inspector. The result is enormously different compliance. And there is less expensive time spent by city workers issuing all of the stupid warnings.
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