A look at what's going on in Trinidad, on H Street, and in the larger area north of Capitol Hill.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Hooray for Businesses That Shovel Their Walks

plowed walk photo

Whenever we experience heavy snowfall, we get a chance to see which businesses are truly good neighbors, in part by seeing who decides to handle the civic duty of shoveling the snow from the walk in front of their business. Taylor (1116 H St) and H&Pizza (1118 H St) have done a great job doing that this season.

Then, there are more complicated cases. There is a large public sidewalk that runs the length of the northern edge of AutoZone (1207 H St) and that sidewalk *always* goes unplowed. I didn't check it out during our latest round of snowfall, but I expect to be disappointed when I take a look later today (or maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised!). While I am not clear regarding whose legal responsibility it is to clear that portion of the walk, it sure would be the neighborly thing to do for Auto Zone to shovel that snow.

To keep this post on the positive side, do any of you have area businesses to commend for shoveling their walk?


Anonymous Capitol X said...

The Performing Arts Center was clearing their sidewalk last night at 10 or 11 PM so kudos to them. Autozone is the worst. The 12th St side sidewalk was cleared by the neighbors on the block up to Linden as far as I know.

Mar 4, 2014, 3:30:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cudos to Atlas Vet as well. Saw it on their FB page.

Mar 4, 2014, 4:24:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here we go again. This vendetta against autozone. I remember when it was the only anchor business on H. Shame on you.

Mar 4, 2014, 4:36:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's just good business to clear what's in front of your store front. no one is going to walk by and probably not inside businesses that have dangerous sidewalks. I don't think autozone depends on walk-in customers, so naturally they don't care. i would think that any business that depends on walk- in customers and a fast walk-in walk-out time to clean their fronts. did Atlas Vet use the dog friendly ice melting stuff? that would be funny if they didn't.

Mar 4, 2014, 5:34:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

As someone who slipped and fell hard on their *ss earlier today because a business did not clear their front I don't really care WHO is or was an anchor on H st. It's good practice to clear this and this article is praising a GOOD thing. Shame on anyone that wants to criticize this praise. That's you 4:36.

Mar 4, 2014, 7:03:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's start talking about who else didn't clear their walk! I'm looking at you Granville Moores, Rita's, and Chupacabra!

Mar 4, 2014, 7:51:00 PM

Anonymous Megan said...

Montello between Florida and Oates was the best stretch in my 3+ miles of walking today. Every single house cleared. Nice going neighbors! Though I do think West Virginia was the worst.

Mar 4, 2014, 10:36:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

it seems to me responsibility changes w/ seasons. when it's 30 below, the burden of maintenance falls on the owner. when it's 60 plus, the city does stuff with plant life and masonry

Mar 5, 2014, 1:05:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Morse St. Was a mess! None of the neighbors attempted to even shovel a path.

Mar 5, 2014, 6:38:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I drive to autozone. Of course I'm not the urban poor who can't afford a car.

Mar 5, 2014, 6:40:00 AM

Anonymous snark police said...

Anon @ 6:40

Your snark would work if people who drove cars also didn't walk on sidewalks. Nice try, though. Internet snark gold star for you.

Mar 5, 2014, 8:36:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm out of the country on a multi-week trip so I wasn't able to shovel this time. I hope one of my neighbors helped me out, especially as I shoveled the entire block during the last snowstorm.

Mar 5, 2014, 10:25:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

DC govt is the worst offender. They don't shovel the walks in front of city owner property. F st ne between 4th and 5th streets for example (Stuart Hobson school)

Mar 5, 2014, 12:38:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live across from the back side (F Street) of Stuart Hobson - they actually DID bring out a guy with a snowblower about mid-morning and cleared off a top layer of the snow which had already fallen. However, they didn't come back after the snow finished and thus there was snow cover there which didn't get cleared. It was subsequently packed down by walkers and turned to ice, and that side of F Street gets no sun during the day to melt it off (so glad i live on the north side of the street! the snow/ice almost clears itself in the sun!).

Mar 5, 2014, 4:15:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

they didn't clear the snow in from of the bank next store---bad neighbors!
Taylor's could give a shit about any snow that do not legally have to shovel

Mar 5, 2014, 5:07:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

>The Performing Arts Center was clearing their sidewalk last night at 10 or 11 PM so kudos to them

Well, this snow they cleared the sidewalk. After the last snow, they waited a good 3 day before shoveling.

Mar 5, 2014, 5:13:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Noted the Granville Moores and Toki Underground owners out shoveling and spreading salt before the snow stopped falling, along with the folks at Sticky Rice.

Mar 5, 2014, 10:33:00 PM

Blogger John Olinger said...

I remember when Taylor first opened and we had all that snow, it was piled in the street. Not only did Taylor clear their walk but they shoveled a path through from the street to the sidewalk. The only ones to do that extra bit!

Mar 6, 2014, 9:41:00 PM

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