SoS
a few days after the snow/ice

Almost made it the whole season…

“Dear PoPville,

I live around the corner from First Seventh Day Adventist Church at 810 Shepherd Street NW. The church’s bordering streets of Shepherd and 8th are literally never shoveled after it snows.

I’ve noticed this is fairly common with churches — no one actually lives there and the congregants don’t live nearby, so no one actually takes responsibility for keeping the sidewalk clean. The church has many visitors every Sunday, parking all over the neighborhood. But when it snows, not one person comes to shovel.

Yesterday, we had freezing temperatures after it snowed, and the sidewalks at Shepherd and 8th are now lined with ice because no one from the church maintained them. This is not only dangerous for the church’s congregants, but for the neighborhood in general. I also find it inconsiderate and disrespectful to the families who live here (everyone else in the neighborhood keeps their sidewalks clean and safe for their neighbors).

Is there anything that can be done? Anyone in the city who can convince them to take responsibility of their property?”

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A reader sends:

“Yesterday’s slushy disgusting mess is brought to you by 16th and Irving.”

In my walkabout around town yesterday I’d say it would be easier to identify folks who actually did shovel as it was few and far between. Props to DC USA who did a good job as well as some small businesses, pictured below, on Mt. Pleasant Street (though others on that street were pretty negligent.)

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“The Rhode Island Ave. bridge was a mess this am. Not fun with a stroller and the stairs looks bad as well. Also, the area where the buses let off people was completely clear so that doesn’t make much sense.”

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“Church at 10th and V Street, NW. The sidewalks around this church are always treacherous with ice after a winter weather event. This property really is a blight and the owners seem not to give a rat’s a## about being minimally decent members of this community. Thanks.”

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