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  1. Patrick says:

    New York City has received less snow than Washington in both absolute terms and relative to historic levels. Given this fact, and that New York has a much larger snow-removal apparatus to begin with, it’s no surprise that New York was able to dig itself out more efficiently. After all, snow totals in NYC this year are about 31 inches, less than half of the historic winter of ’95-’96, while Washington’s 55 inches set a new record for the city.

    Quit your whining.

  2. Bruce Boyden says:

    DC has, like, one plow.

  3. Christa L. says:

    The local news was talking about how political mishaps don’t seem to anger the public much against Mayor Fenty, but that most people see the lack of snow removal as a very visible sign of incompetence and that his approval ratings are expected to drop dramatically because of this. I think that for many people, snow removal is the only compass of the DC government’s action (*ahem* inaction) that most people have seen so far.

  4. John Burgess says:

    DC has a law that requires land owners and tenants to remove snow from sidewalks within eight hours of the cessation of snow. That’s a law that clearly not being enforced, however.

    I’m stunned that the sidewalks in front of lawyers’ offices were left to be compacted into ice, days after the snow stopped. On the other hand, stores, both small and parts of national chains, were clearing their walkways pretty promptly.

    DC has more than one snow plow, but not a lot more. It simply doesn’t make budgetary sense to have a slew of plows that sit unused for the better part of a decade. Budgetary sense can make life miserable or just a hassle. I know a lot of DC-ites who, having dug out their cars, won’t use them for fear of not finding a space when they return. Good thing that Spring follows Winter…

  5. cantinflas says:

    Even assuming both cities got the same relative amount of snow to their normal levels, doesn’t it makes sense that snow removal is cheaper to the NYC gov’t than to the DC gov’t since there are far fewer square feet of snow to be cleared per capita in NY than in DC?

  6. Civ Pro King says:

    NYC has always been like that, unlike many other places that I’ve visited. Probably D.C.’s reaction/inaction is an analogy to the people doing work on the hill . . .

  7. Larry, And, to think, Baltimore was just as, and likely worse, that DC! It was just crazy. Thanks for the post, Danielle