New Albany’s sole Great White Death Event of 2017 was little more than a dusting, but maybe this first snowfall of 2018 will echo the one in January, 2016 and produce stirring and innovative public art.
Apart from the Anchor Regime’s hostility to grassroots expression, there’s a way to tell if you have good neighbors.
ONE WAY TO TELL IF YOU HAVE GOOD NEIGHBORS, by Rachel Quednau (Strong Towns)
… During this snowy season, it is very easy to figure out who your attentive and caring neighbors are: They’re the people who shovel. Shoveling clearly shows how present property owners are and how connected they are to their neighborhood. As I walked down the street after that big snowfall, I could immediately tell which apartments were vacant and which landlords lived far away from their properties (my area is mostly commercial and residential rentals).
The surface parking lots were by far the worst. I’d bet their owners only visit these lots a couple times a year. And why would they visit more often? They’re just managing a piece of asphalt. So not only are parking lots bad neighbors because they waste precious space in our towns, contribute negligible property taxes, and create space vacuums, they also leave dangerous sidewalks around them.
Winter walking isn’t easy. Not only does our Board of Public Works and Safety make no special efforts to make winter walking easier, it also tolerates snow removal (especially from surface parking lots) that often makes the problem worse.
When neighbors are present and connected with one another, the whole community benefits; when they’re not, it’s a loss for everyone.
Of course, there’s another solution to the problem of shoveling: make local governments responsible for plowing sidewalks, just like they’re responsible for plowing roads and streets. As I wrote in an article about winter walking last year, “The failure of cities to plow sidewalks is utterly indicative of the way they view pedestrians.” If cities wanted to prioritize a more affordable mode of transportation than driving—more affordable for government and more affordable for resident—plowing sidewalks would be a small step to getting more people out walking.
So far, it doesn’t look like a schlong-worthy accumulation. We’ll see.
As an addendum, NA Confidential has been unable to confirm whether New Albany Mayor Jeff M. Gahan or anyone working in the city’s administration is under federal investigation or indictment for corruption, bribery or racketeering. It is standard policy of the U.S. Justice Department to refuse to confirm or deny the existence or non-existence of investigations or subjects of investigations. A similar policy exists at the F.B.I.