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Old 12-23-2011, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Atlanta Metro
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I have to agree that I'm taken aback at how lousy a job snow removal is. It's not good in Atlanta, only cause they rarely get snow, but I grew up in Chicago, and this neglect here would never fly there! What is it with Denver? Don't residents here give a damn about the roads? Terrible signage, invisible lane markings, and little to no snow removal? What is a city supposed to do, if not take care of the roadways???
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Old 12-23-2011, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Golden, CO
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I drove to the airport yesterday and Pena Blvd was clear, even though every other road on my route was terrible. Glad I don't drive a little car -- there were plenty of those that were stuck on Colorado Blvd and I-70. I know I always say that GENERALLY 4WD isn't needed in the city, but I'm glad I had it yesterday.

I don't mind Denver's snow removal policies. Situations like yesterday only happen a few times per year. I agree, though, that it was bad in 06.
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Old 12-23-2011, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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9News actually had a story about this last night and the bottom line is cost. It costs Denver and Aurora about $300,000 to plow side streets and they don't have the cash to do it.
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Old 12-23-2011, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Denver
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9News actually had a story about this last night and the bottom line is cost. It costs Denver and Aurora about $300,000 to plow side streets and they don't have the cash to do it.
Jefferson County had little money for snow plowing last year, I remember the county manager saying "good thing it didn't snow much".
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Old 12-23-2011, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Parker, CO
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9News actually had a story about this last night and the bottom line is cost. It costs Denver and Aurora about $300,000 to plow side streets and they don't have the cash to do it.
I did the math. If there are aprox. 600,000 residents in Denver and it would only cost $300,000 to plow in a satisfactory manner, that means that if everyone contributed 50 cents, we could have drivable city streets. I sure would be willing to pay my part!

Low taxes are way over-rated.
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Old 12-23-2011, 09:33 AM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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I did the math. If there are aprox. 600,000 residents in Denver and it would only cost $300,000 to plow in a satisfactory manner, that means that if everyone contributed 50 cents, we could have drivable city streets. I sure would be willing to pay my part!

Low taxes are way over-rated.
If that's Denver and Aurora combined, it would only be 33c.
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Old 12-23-2011, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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Yep, tell us something we don't know. I think where I live (Longmont) they did send out the ploughs during the night (they woke me up) but there was so much snow falling that by the time people got up for work, the roads were still bad. At least my HOA has guys who will actually get up at 4am to shovel the paths and in front of people's garages - bless them!
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Old 12-23-2011, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Golden, CO
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I did the math. If there are aprox. 600,000 residents in Denver and it would only cost $300,000 to plow in a satisfactory manner, that means that if everyone contributed 50 cents, we could have drivable city streets. I sure would be willing to pay my part!

Low taxes are way over-rated.
Not really. The problem is that there would be no way to guarantee that the money would be used for snow removal and then soon, those funds would be used for other things. I'd rather have low taxes than have a bloated, out-of-control city government. I lived in California for awhile, so I know how that goes, and I don't want that here.
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Old 12-23-2011, 10:44 AM
 
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Not really. The problem is that there would be no way to guarantee that the money would be used for snow removal and then soon, those funds would be used for other things. I'd rather have low taxes than have a bloated, out-of-control city government. I lived in California for awhile, so I know how that goes, and I don't want that here.

I hear you on government bloat (although you could say this about any part of the budget, not just plowing), but I draw the line when it comes to a core city service like keeping major roadways safe. Side streets, fine. But Broadway and Speer were dangerous yesterday, and these are big, busy arterials.
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Old 12-23-2011, 12:37 PM
 
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I've lived in Denver for 10 years now, relocated from NY. The snow removal is notoriously terrible here. However, in the cities defense, it is very rare that snow will stick around for long...especially on the streets.

I was living downtown when we had those back to back blizzards and the side streets iced up and became almost impassable. After much public outcry the city enacted a new rule that if there are back to back major snow events with sub freezing temps, they will send out trucks to plow the side streets.

So it's in the plan, but with the way the snow was falling yesterday roads may not have looked plowed, but they could've been.

I really enjoy my low taxes in Denver, BTW. Just sayin
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