Snow Shows City Contrasts
New York and Washington are two contrasting cities. People in New York walk with a pep in their step. Those in Washington pad along slowly. Workers at Starbuck’s in New York get orders going quickly and deliver services promptly. Those in Washington could care less whether their customers are in any sort of rush. Most are not.
How the towns deal with snow reflects this relative energy and apathy. True, Washington was crushed with more snow last week than New York. But both towns faced in excess of 10 inches of snow on two separate occasions these last days. The streets and sidewalks of New York were promptly cleared of all but the most innocuous snow. The city did not shut down, amid either snow fall, though schools were closed for one day in the first of the two.
In Washington, schools and everything else closed for a week. And today, a full week after the second snow storm came and went, there are still mountains of snow all around town. Snow is piled high on every street corner, including all the busy intersections, with drifts from three to ten feet. The sidewalks remain snow strewn, with small narrow pathways to walk.
Washington snow plows were busy during the snow falls and for a short bit afterwards. Then they went into hibernation. Since, no city agency, nor many private land owners, have chosen to do anything more. How hard would it be, now, to shovel the sidewalks and intersections? Wouldn’t that make it easier for people to walk around town? No doubt. But, in Washington, no one seems to care about how long it takes to get anywhere or get anything done. The snow may be piled up here for many weeks to come. In New York, this would get a mayor fired.