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Amy Rogers Nazarov
Amy Rogers Nazarov  
1/20/2014 11:01:11 AM
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Re: Shoveling for Thy Neighbors
I would say there is a certain amount of peer pressure among single-family homeowners to Do One's Part, Rich. What's interesting is how often a multi-family dwelling that's wedged in between single-family homes blows off its portion of the snow removal burden. When a building is well run in other regards, you can bet its sidewalk will be dealt with stat during a storm. When the building is sloppily maintained in other regards, you can expect to slip n' slide your way past it on a snow day.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
1/9/2014 3:25:27 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Balancing act
Oooh. I like the way you're thinking here, Mary.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
1/9/2014 2:22:22 PM
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Re: Balancing act
Definitely agree with you, Nicole. I'm totally dismayed by Christie's latest debacle.

Maybe he'd do well in charge of the snow shovels in Fort Lee? lol

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
1/9/2014 2:03:27 PM
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Re: Balancing act
Chris Christie made a good show of his support for Jersey's local communities after Sandy, and I'm sure that was comforting to people. But his refusal to connect the storm to the changing climate never sat well with me, personally.

I just don't find him to be sincere... at all.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
1/9/2014 10:34:59 AM
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Re: Shoveling for Thy Neighbors
Well, I suggest we come up with a way to at least tally the points we award ourselves based on honour system.

richheap
richheap  
1/9/2014 10:17:44 AM
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Re: Shoveling for Thy Neighbors
Yes, okay. Based on the honour system, of course...

richheap
richheap  
1/9/2014 10:15:38 AM
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Re: Snow Removal
Yes, the technology exists, but will cash-strapped councils be tempted to invest in it? Or will they just think: "Nah, normal metal pipes are fine..."

Spending money fixing a problem usually trumps spending money in advance to prevent it from happening.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
1/9/2014 10:08:46 AM
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Re: Shoveling for Thy Neighbors
You're on, Rich. We could start a civic "pay it forward" list. As you contribute to your community or its welfare, even in small ways, you get a mark of favour. Whoever tallies most in a given timeframe wins. What d'you think?

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
1/9/2014 10:07:20 AM
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Re: Snow Removal
Seems to me these issues have been dealt with. I imagine antifreeze plays a role in the conditioned pipes, @Rich. And as I noted below, it may be an expensive measure to implement, but I'd be interested to compare savings over time against what is spent on plowing and prep.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
1/9/2014 10:05:57 AM
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Re: Balancing act
Right on, Rich. I never realized how scientific snow removal was until I saw that logistics experts are usually involved. It's run like an industrial operation, really.

In colder climes, city councils must indeed be prepared for weather problems. I wonder though whether the lack of disaster prep for cold weather makes it any harder for coastal cities to prepare for hurricanes, etc. Or vice versa. Are they as ready for hurricanes in Boston as they are in Miami? Is Miami prepared to face ice? Climate change seems to be forcing these kinds of questions on cities.

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