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Dear Pittsburgh

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Dear Pittsburgh

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Dear Pittsburgh,
You may or may not know this, but your city is in the Northeast. Yes, the "Northeast" includes New England, and the "Mid-Atlantic" states of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Now, one little known fact about the Northeast is that, during the winter, the skies will shit snow like they just ate Satan's chili.

I bring this up, because it snowed recently. Quite a lot, actually. 21 whole inches. Which definitely is a problem, I understand that. But it stopped snowing Saturday afternoon. Maybe I'm spoiled by having lived in Upstate NY, where this sort of snow is common, but in general, 48 hours after a snow storm, it's generally expected that the streets are plowed. Actually, it's usually much less than that- like 12 hours.

I bring this up, you see, because it's more than 48 hours since the snow ended. And not only is my little podunk street not plowed (or paved with something durable, but that's another kvetch), but none of the streets in my neighborhood are plowed. On Sunday, I helped some overly ambitious neighbor find their way back to their parking space after realizing their car wasn't going to make it 20 yards down the road, and today I helped a UPS driver out of the same snow. The same snow, just to remind you, hasn't been plowed.

This is just a reminder. It does snow in Pittsburgh. And when it snows, we generally expect that the streets are plowed. Snow removal is one of those expected services that the city should be providing. My sidewalk, patio, (very short) driveway and a section of street have all been shoveled by my wife and myself. I've unstuck other people's vehicles, and hit my neighbor's (also very short) driveway. I don't think it's a lot to ask for a plow to run down at least one of the streets in my neighborhood. You don't even need to hit mine. One of the more major streets would be nice. Just enough, for example, that I could walk to the grocery store without falling all over the place.

Like I said: just a reminder.
Somebody who will not be voting for the incumbent councilman in District 8.

//My dad was in city politics when I was growing up. The two jobs of a city councilman:
//Keep the streets paved, and keep them clear of snow.
  • How does the whole thing work? Does the councilman have to raise a stink with the mayor to get plows diverted to their district? Or does Public Works/the mayor's office have their own plan that they'll follow no matter what? I imagine everyone at this point is screaming for help. Once the highways and major roads are done, I don't know who or what is given priority.
    • I have to be honest, I don't know how it works in Pittsburgh explicitly. Usually, each voting district has its own budget (which comes out of the city-wide budget) for paving, snow removal, trash collection, etc. Highways usually fall under the state budgets, not the local ones, but cities will usually prioritize major roads.

      In NYS, there are certain roads marked as "Snow Emergency Routes". Those always get plowed first and most frequently (and usually have special rules for parking which are usually summarized "don't"). Once those are clear, it's everything else that gets done.
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