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Unburying Buffalo: Making the Case for Sidewalk Snow Removal

Date: Apr 12, 2023
Author(s): Keelan Erhard, Buffalo Democratic Socialists of America
Topic(s): Environment: General, Equality / Civil Rights: Disability, Government: Budgets, Housing / Neighborhoods: General, Housing / Neighborhoods: Policies and Programs
Type: Publication

This report is two-fold. Firstly, it aims to frame the problem of lack of sidewalk snow removal as relevant and requiring remedy. Secondly, it also offers solutions as to how such a plan may be implemented.

The problem is clear: a lack of sidewalk snow removal hinders working class Buffalonians without a car from access not only to work, but also necessary services. Solutions differ from municipality to municipality, both in scope and cost. One fact is indisputable, though: in almost every city which receives significant snowfall in North America, some plan exists to not only clear snow from roads, but from sidewalks as well. The city of Buffalo must follow suit, joining other cities across upstate NY and North America, and implement their own plan for sidewalk snow removal.