Where the unshoveled sidewalks are

As the snow fell, and then sat there, people filed complaints with the Boston 311 system about unshoveled sidewalks. Below is a map showing where the 123 complaints were filed, current as of late last night:

View Unshoveled sidewalks in a full screen map

If you're a fan of geocoded datasets, you can play with the 311 data. Unfortunately, the dataset does not include the comments filed with each complaint; for that, you'll still have to rummage around the 311 Web site.

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My assumption

These sidewalks are mostly the responsibility of entities like banks (foreclosed houses), state/city agencies (DOT, MBTA, etc...) and random institutions like the cemetery on Hyde Park Ave by the new buildings. People in neighborhoods generally do their part.

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Public Ways

Boston refuses to shovel common areas such as traffic islands. Every year the islands in Kenmore Sq turn into slippy, uneven obstetrical courses. These aren't directly in front of any business/house so it's foolish to claim it's anyone responsibility but the city. If they deal with it within 24-36 hours it would be fine but once it's trampled down it won't melt for months and only gets worse.

Same thing year after year.

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MassDOT almost never clears

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MassDOT almost never clears the sidewalks on the various overpasses over the Mass Pike in Boston. I do hope the city tickets them for it.

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I'd prefer that the city

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I'd prefer that the city clear the sidewalks. Tickets won't melt the ice.

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Not in Hyde Park

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I had to walk across about 8 sidewalks that hadn't been shoveled in Hyde Park this morning. In most cases, care was taken to clear driveways, which really frosts my cookies. I generally love my neighborhood, but this is one area that really needs improvement.

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So

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Did you put in a complaint to 311, or do you just like to complain without doing anything?

I mean, I don't live in Hyde Park, but I've told the city several times about uncleared sidewalks in seasons past.

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ummm

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No need for your rude tone there. I report all sorts of things to 311. I haven't yet reported uncleared sidewalks because one of my least fave things to do is get my neighbors fined. I will do it as winter gets on, i'm sure, but I hate to have to do it.

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Might be renters

If they just clear the driveway. Technically they aren’t responsible.

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Kinda like

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"I've sentenced boys younger than you to the gas chamber. Didn't want to do it. I felt I owed it to them."

Yeah, it galls me too that people will do the whole driveway then one lowsey shovel blade's width on their own sidewalk.... I mean, might as well finish the job right?

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Well

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If you think it's a problem, you should do something about it. If you don't report them and they don't shovel their sidewalks, you become a small part of the problem. I suppose talking to them might do something, but other than that there's only the city to get them to act.

To be fair, I've never put a complaint in on a small (less that 4 unit) residential property. There could be a good reason behind that. But there are commercial properties where parking is clear but they don't touch the sidewalks.

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Walk down W. Rox Pkwy as well

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Walk down W. Rox Pkwy as well as the carriage road....so many of the homeowners don't bother ot shovel at all. They think b/c their front door is on the side street that they don't have to shovel. It's so much fun!

I used 311 all last winter season reporting neighbors and will do so again this year.

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Looks like my neighbor got ticketed

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Just for fun, I searched my street name on 311. The report doesn't appear on the map for some reason, but there was a complaint lodged against my neighbor(s) for not shoveling their section of sidewalk. Meanwhile, my clear-to-the-pavement shoveling job is visible in the background of the attached picture. Heh.

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These comments show you the

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These comments show you the type of people we live among today. They hide behind a keyboard and rat out their neighbors. Instead of this, why don't you go out and shovel your neighbors sidewalk. Maybe they are out of town. Hopefully next time they will return the favor.

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Are you insane?

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They hide behind a keyboard and rat out their neighbors

Seriously? You think it's some kind of a major character defect to report a violation? I bet you have a big "No Snitchin'" t-shirt too.

Instead of this, why don't you go out and shovel your neighbors sidewalk.

Because it's not his/her job? Because when you have a sidewalk, it's your responsibility to clear it, whether you're there or not?

Before you blow another gasket, take a deep breath and remember that the person whose post you're responding to didn't report anyone -- he/she just checked the reports online.

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Thank you.

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At least some of us have reading comprehension skills.

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What are you talking about?

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Get off your soapbox, scroll up, and re-read my post. I didn't "rat" on anybody. I merely found a report that someone else filed against my neighbors.

Also, they were home. I saw them shoveling their driveway while I was clearing my sidewalk. But, they're also renters (like me), so it is technically their landlord's responsibility to clear the sidewalk. I voluntarily do most of the shoveling for the three unit house I live in because I have a good relationship with my landlord, and I actually enjoy getting some exercise outside during the winter. But I'm not about to take on that task for the entire block. You're welcome to come shovel for them if you're so concerned about it.

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Is there any other city owned

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Is there any other city owned property that the city expects abutting property owners to maintain?

The city should stop plowing the streets and have residents clear them too.

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Same thing, year after year

First, the city can't even shovel what few sidewalk it owns. Why do you think they'd be able to take on three times as much as the city street?

Second, it would be really expensive. You can't just send a bobcat down every street and besides these machines do a poor job without someone with a shovel to fix what it missed. Do you want to pay $500-1000 more in taxes each year? If so, just hire someone to shovel your sidewalk and pretend it's a new tax.

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Bear in mind

A substantial number of households in Boston do not own cars. They still pay taxes, however.

Perhaps the best method would be to create "snow routes" where the sidewalks on city property are cleared. Neighborhoods could help decide where these places are - like along bus routes.

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They could clear the

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They could clear the sidewalks they own. And they could clear all sidewalks. Just because they don't do it today doesn't mean it's impossible.

They could use a bobcat in most places, and widen the places where they can't. Brookline does it.

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"Second, it would be really

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"Second, it would be really expensive"

Winnepeg does it for 7 bucks a household.

Ottowa does it, Montreal does it, Quebec, all do it, and at an affordable cost to their taxpayers.

The city owns the property, if they actually want the job done and want to pretend to be transit and pedestrian friendly the answer is for the city to maintain its damn property.

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The infrastructure is built for it

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I was in Laval, Quebec in the spring. Went for a run through a residential neighborhood. After a while I noticed that the fire hydrants weren't on the sidewalks. They were on people's front yards. Made it easier for bobcats to go down the sidewalk. Can't do that in Boston.

Also, Canadian cities do a shitty job clearing sidewalks. To be fair, I've only been in Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal in the winter, but the effort makes most of the seemingly unshoveled sidewalks of Roslindale look good.

Some suburbs plow sidewalks, too. I remember at the very beginning of the winter from hell driving through Woburn and seeing crews clearing sidewalks, 5 days after the storm.

I'll stick with the system we have in Boston.

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Lexington

Lexington had a big brush thing heading up Maple street on Saturday.

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Still a width issue

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But I’d be curious to see how the sidewalks look after a big snow.

I remember reading that the Minuteman Bikeway isn’t always clear in winters. If it takes a while to get to that, I doubt they do a good job on the average residential sidewalk.

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Lived in Bridgewater for a

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Lived in Bridgewater for a couple years including during the snowpocalypse we had. Sidewalks that were literally unshovelable due to being plowed over were cleared with the machinery they had on hand for this very issue.

Residents of Boston should not be risking life and limb to clear Boston property.

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We're tougher in Boston than the hicks of Bridgewater

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Somehow in 2015 with 5 feet of snow on the ground, most residential sidewalks (in Roslindale at least) were passable.

But hey, if being a pampered suburbanite who pays more to have the town clear snow from your sidewalk (if you have one) is your thing, go for it.

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"your sidewalk"

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"your sidewalk"

Nah, Bostons sidewalk. Not my sidewalk. Bridgewater is now the hicks?

lol

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Ok

In 2015, I reported all the corners that Boston trucks packed with ice after the homeowner shoveled. It isnt possible to shovel that without heavy equipment.

I also reported a neighbor that used a front loader to dump all his driveway snow in the street and promptly was harassed by city workers for shoveling my car out. That explains that.

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