Snow, Constituent Services, and Business Sense

It snows in Chicago every winter. Why aren’t the businesses on Devon prepared for it? Why doesn’t the Chamber of Commerce arrange for snow removal on what is supposed to be the main shopping street in the ward?  Where’s the alderman’s office when it comes to clearing crosswalks and bus stops? Doesn’t the business community understand that shoppers can’t get down streets that aren’t shoveled? Don’t they care?

Pedestrians and shoppers can barely move on some sections of Devon Avenue, and getting across the street is virtually impossible at most intersections. Some businesses shovel, some don’t. Nobody clears crosswalks, forcing pedestrians to walk in the street until they can find an opening that allows them access to the sidewalk. Bus stops are inaccessible, forcing riders to board from the street. Most businesses don’t even salt the sidewalks, making them dangerous for pedestrians.

It’s too bad the alderman put her discretionary funds into the Devon street scape. Otherwise she’d have the money to provide a real service to her constituents and provide some much-needed income to high school or college students or the unemployed by hiring them to shovel snow from intersections and alley crosswalks, to dig out trashcans and bus stops.

These pictures were taken on Tuesday, February 3.

 

From Campbell to Maplewood, south side of Devon.

From Campbell to Maplewood, south side of Devon.

Devon, Talman to Washtenaw. Note riders waiting for bus at Washtenaw. the stop's not shoveled out and they will board bus by getting out on the street.

Devon, Talman to Washtenaw. Note riders waiting for bus at Washtenaw. The stop’s not shoveled out and they will board bus by getting out on the street.

Devon and Washtenaw. None of the crosswalks are shoveled out.

Devon and Washtenaw. None of the crosswalks are shoveled out.

Dangerous for pedestrians crossing either side of Devon.

Dangerous for pedestrians crossing either side of Devon.

Abandoned shopping cart

Abandoned shopping cart.

Closed business. Building for sale. Who's supposed to shovel?

Closed business. Building for sale. Who’s supposed to shovel?

Crosswalk, Artesian and Devon.

Crosswalk, Artesian and Devon.

 

 

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