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Old 01-24-2016, 09:58 PM
 
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Then make businesses and homeowners plow sidewalks. Or, at least have our governments clear the sidewalks along major arterials.
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Old 01-24-2016, 10:12 PM
 
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Major roads are never going to get the sidewalks cleaned because they have 2-3 lanes of packed snow from the road on top of them. You won't be seeing the sidewalks on Braddock until Spring.

Arl/Alex have snow clearing ordinances and you can be fined for not clearing the snow although Arlington is giving people until Wed to get it done due to the amount of snow that fell. In Fairfax you have no legal obligation to due anything so while many will still do it anyway as a helping out the community type thing I'd wouldn't expect too much (except for people that can be fined by an HOA).
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Old 01-24-2016, 10:31 PM
 
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I live about 3 blocks from my 7-11. Probably a little further from coffee shops, restaurants etc. All walkable. But I can't get to that because sidewalks are totally snowed in. I can get there by walking in the street, but our illustrious leaders don't want us to do that. Always, cars are a priority, though.
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Old 01-25-2016, 06:25 AM
 
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Well you have a couple of options: You can sit there like a 5 year old and complain about something out of your control, or you can go out and walk to you 7-11 like you are going to anyways....
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Old 01-25-2016, 06:30 AM
 
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Plenty of cleared sidewalks in OT and major roads clear to pavement; I know we have been shoveling for the past three days. Believe city gave all 72 hours to clear sidewalks. Some smaller streets have not yet been touched though. They had some restaurants open on Saturday here.
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Old 01-25-2016, 06:39 AM
 
Location: Chester County, PA
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I understand your frustration, but we are talking about one of the biggest snowfalls on record for the DC area. If you have to go a few days (or even a week) without 7-11 or a coffee shop, I'm sure your life will go on much as it had before.

I do think shoveling sidewalks should be a legal requirement, but you're still going to have to have a little patience and understanding when you're dealing with 2 to 3 feet of snow. Not everyone is capable of moving that much snow. It's just reality.
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Old 01-25-2016, 06:43 AM
 
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I understand your frustration, but we are talking about one of the biggest snowfalls on record for the DC area. If you have to go a few days (or even a week) without 7-11 or a coffee shop, I'm sure your life will go on much as it had before.

I do think shoveling sidewalks should be a legal requirement, but you're still going to have to have a little patience and understanding when you're dealing with 2 to 3 feet of snow. Not everyone is capable of moving that much snow. It's just reality.
I don't have sidewalks but one thing I notice is that you can shovel sidewalks until your heart's content and then the plow comes by....
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Old 01-25-2016, 07:04 AM
 
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I hope we are not required to clear sidewalks. I could not possibly do it with this much snow. Snow shoveling is hard physical labor and just isn't possible for a lot of people.
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Old 01-25-2016, 07:11 AM
 
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In Fairfax you have no legal obligation to due anything so while many will still do it anyway as a helping out the community type thing I'd wouldn't expect too much (except for people that can be fined by an HOA).
Technically, an HOA would be overreaching to fine people who don't clear their snow. We had a legal audit of our own HOA which had similar rules on the books. We were informed that they overstep our legal boundaries as they go farther than Fairfax County law and are seen as an undue burden on the homeowner.

So even if your HOA has these rules, they are probably illegal.
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Old 01-25-2016, 07:12 AM
 
Location: Chester County, PA
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I hope we are not required to clear sidewalks. I could not possibly do it with this much snow. Snow shoveling is hard physical labor and just isn't possible for a lot of people.
There is no legal requirement in Fairfax County and, even if there was, I don't think there is any way it could be enforced when you have this kind of snow fall. I am young and fit and was able to clear a path on my sidewalks but it was truly grueling work.
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