Citizen complaint of the day: Really, Marty?

Belgrade Avenue in Roslindale in the snow

A peeved citizen complains in Roslindale:

Really mayor Walsh? Does it seem like a good idea to make employees report to work in these conditions? The T is running huge delays, roads in Rozzie are unplowded, sidewalks unshoveled, COURTS are closed but city hall is open. Not smart.



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suck it up buttercup

I don't work for the city/gov, so I had to report to work today, despite the measly 2-4" on the ground this morning.

deal with it.

That appears to be the state's position

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I think most of the city employees' anger is watching the state let all non-essential employees stay home during snow storms and leave work early during snow storms.

And yeah, most of the time I agree, snow happens, it's New England. But the roads are not great, buses are delayed all over the place (obviously, it's snowing), and that makes people angry.


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I'm not sure what you're referring to. Those workers are now "non-emergency", not "non-essential". Deval made that smart little switch this year.


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Don't make that mistake again! State employees are all essential!

"The T is running huge delays"

The T is running huge delays

Only "huge" delays (25 mins was the worst) that I've seen is on the Newburyport Line.

My commute was better than some dry and sunny days, except for my bus nearly crashing three times. And it seems most people have experienced the same.

to be fair

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the T is running with delays 100% of the time.

Looks fine to me.. only a few

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Looks fine to me.. only a few inches, get over it. I didn't notice any delays on the T. A few sidewalks were unshoveled, but not that hard to wear boots and walk through it.


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But, but, the sidewalks are unplowded. How can one expect to get to work with unplowded sidewalks.

It actually made my trek to

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It actually made my trek to North Quincy station pretty nice this morning. My train was on schedule, there was plenty of seating at 8:30 AM, overall it was a pleasant and relaxing morning commute today. No complaints! If I wanted snow days I'd go back to school.

Sidewalks are rarely shoveled

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Sidewalks are rarely shoveled in Boston. Hopefully the new Mayor will see what Menino didn't care about, that pedestrians need to be able to get around the city during the winter as well, and do what many other cities do: plow sidewalks that are heavily used and actually enforce the rules on businesses and residents that they shovel the sidewalks in front of their houses. Menino drove everywhere so couldn't care less about how people got around who didn't drive, but its ridiculous that the city can plow all the streets but leave the sidewalks a mess.

Hopefully the new Mayor will

Hopefully the new Mayor will see what Menino didn't care about, that pedestrians need to be able to get around the city during the winter as well

LOL, I know, right? Yeah, there's a very high chance of that happening. Don't you know that walking is for losers?

My sister was cited

My sister lived on a very residential street in W. Roxbury with very little foot traffic (mostly dog walkers). They were on vacation and there was a snow storm and they got a citation/fine from the city for not shoveling the sidewalk in front of their house. This was while Menino was mayor.

Well Mumbles

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was constantly trying to generate revenue to offset the cost of putting his name on every poll, sign and bench in the city.

Took me an extra 10 minutes...from Marshfield

Thanks, no delays on Greenbush, with 6 inches of snow, only took me an extra 10 minutes from Marshfield to Boston today, and that is only because of the 90 year old ahead of me between my house and the train station. Make sure the complainer identifies themselves as a "non-essential" employee when the next round of layoffs comes up.

Suck it up yella.

Meanwhile, in the real world

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Meanwhile, in the real world where jobs are not a lifetime guarantee and don't come with a retirement package worth millions of dollars.... everyone else managed to get to work.


Growing up as a kid in Brookline, I remember the sidewalk plows that would handle all the walkways of the "main streets".

In all of my adult life in Boston, I don't think I've ever seen one before working the sidewalks. City life vs 'Burb life?

In Atlanta

the snow and subsequent chaos was a result of Gay marriage and Hollywood liberals.


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Boston is not Atlanta or D.C.

Corner of Belgrade and

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Corner of Belgrade and Walworth......caught the bus to the hills there for years. Thanks for the memories!
Dry cleaner still there?

Harry the Greek, not " The

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Harry the Greek, not " The Harry the Greek " used to own Home market when it was across the street on the other corner, and I believe he was the farther of Michael Contompasis of Boston Latin School fame. Not sure what is there now , maybe it was a dry cleaners later, memory is rusty.

Yeah, snow happens. But...

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I grew up in Vermont, where they didn't cancel school unless you were getting at least 8 inches of snow, so I don't have a ton of sympathy for people who complain about this. It's New England, this is not news, deal with it.

That said, some city workers do have a legit gripe in that they have to take a vacation day to watch their kids because schools are closed in the city.

For me, the bigger complaint is - why am I seeing a plow with its blade down every 2 minutes on Washington street in JP, but our own street has only been done once, by a pickup truck, with a path cleared only as wide as his small plow, on a two-way street? Spread these guys out a little, for crying out loud!

The difference is...

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Your side road is in all likelihood not nearly as much of a priority as washington st, sorry but that's just the way it is, everywhere. There's no way you can keep every road scraped down to pavement. Enjoy it! I love driving on snow covered roads, it's quite fun.

Why is that a legit gripe?

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Why is that a legit gripe? Yeah, when your kids are off you have to take vacation or arange other care. This is a fact of parenthood.

that's right

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and if you don't like it drop 'em off at the orphanage on the way to work

city roads were better than

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city roads were better than state this morning. storrow was in good condition if you are a cross country skiier..

Hang on, man! The

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Hang on, man! The WAAAAAAAAHmbulance is on its way.

Or not. Maybe they stayed home from work today too.

Really people...

I made it to work a few minutes early - and that's with taking the bus to Forest Hills (instead of walking to W. Rox station) and taking the Commuter Rail from there. The only hard/scary part of my commute was sliding down the front steps on to the 36 bus.

Now, I pray getting home will be just as easy. I plan to be at the Corrib to have my birthday pint of Guinness!


... God Bless BUSY SEASON and a corporate tax deadline of 3/17.

Just got back from downtown

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Because I had a snow day from school, I thought I'd take care of a little personal business at City Hall. I had no problems getting down there on the Orange Line. City Hall was dead but the City Council had their regularly scheduled noon meeting. You'll be glad to know that all of your paid, elected representatives appeared to be in attendance although the chamber was practically empty.

Then I thought, let me take care of getting a new Charlie Card while I'm down here and never am during "normal" business hours.
I thought I was the lucky one when I found no line but, alas, the Charlie Card office was closed due to "severe weather".

Oy Vey!

Except Murph

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Steve Murphy was absent form the meeting.

Crying because Mumbles is no

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Crying because Mumbles is no longer ensuring that every inch is lifted from the street. Should invest in some boots, long coat, hat, shovel and sand. Know there are a few places that sell them near that section


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What about letter carriers who have to get to work, find a parking spot at P.O., manage to get mail to their routes, find another parking spot at their routes. then walk miles on unshoveled sidewalks or unplowed streets.