Snow safety

On a recent snow day in Asheville, I had the pleasure of taking a walk through my neighborhood and then through downtown. One neighbor was taking responsibility for the sidewalk in front of his house by removing the snow. Lacking a snow shovel, he used a garden shovel to do the job successfully.

When I arrived downtown, I was pleased to see some pedestrians walking and many businesses open. However, I was surprised that among the open businesses, only some had done snow removal. (In fact, there was snow between the food I was craving and me, so I went to another restaurant). In the interest of safety and commerce, I think it’s reasonable to expect that each property owner, whether residential or commercial, take responsibility for snow removal on the adjacent sidewalk. If each one does a part, together we can create safety for all.

— Sharon Bigger

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