Given the discussion about possible stepped up enforcement of Prairie Village’s snow-clearing ordinance that came up last winter, we thought it might be interesting to see what sidewalk shoveling rates looked like around the area after our second snowfall of the year.
An (admittedly unscientific) drive around the city Monday around 5 p.m. — well past 24 hours since the end of the snowfall, the deadline for homeowners to clear the sidewalks that run along their property under city ordinance — suggested that only around 40 percent of the sidewalks in the city had been cleared. Clearance rates were much higher in residential neighborhoods away from major thoroughfares, but in even the most well-cleared neighborhoods, around 25 percent of the sidewalk area would be uncleared. Here for example, is a shot of Delmar near 92nd Terrace, where a pedestrian and his dog were trailblazing:
Things were much worse along the main streets, where maybe 10 percent of sidewalk space had been cleared. Here’s a shot on Roe near 89th Street where it looked like one homeowner had at least made an attempt to clear a portion near the intersection:
Along the busier sections of major roads, though, snow and ice were piled so high as to render them impassable for pedestrians. I know I saw three or four joggers out in the street along Mission Road and Roe Avenue Sunday and Monday, and it’s easy to understand why when you look at the conditions along Roe Avenue and 75th Street:
So, dear readers, is this an issue? Are there things the city, or perhaps neighborhood associations, should be doing to address the situation?