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Daley is the New Bilandic: More Plow Problems

By Marcus Gilmer in News on Dec 11, 2008 8:50PM

2008_12_11_plow.jpgThis morning as we arrived for work at the Chicagoist office, we couldn't help but notice most of the side-streets in the vicinity hadn't been touched by plow or salt in almost 10 days, causing most of the roads to become slick with ice from where drivers had repeatedly driven over the several inches of snow that have piled up in that time. We wondered if we were alone in our consternation and it looks like we are not. Daley insists the city is doing its best to remove side-street snow and ice without resorting to overtime. Meanwhile, both residents and aldermen say requests to 311 aren't being handled in a timely manner.

We understand that the snowfall so far has been in relatively small increments and you can't plow for every single little snowfall. However, there's no question the build-up is creating a dangerous situation and if our streets can't get plowed in the days between three-inch snows, how in the blue hell are the streets going to be plowed if a big snowfall hits? As one of our readers suggested, we think Mayor Daley would do well to just strap some plows to those new police SUVs the city is shelling out for. Economic factor solved!

Update: After reading your comments, we're interested in hearing what streets have and haven't been plowed. We'll start: most of the side streets in the Roscoe Village area remain untouched, save for Roscoe, Damen, and a stretch of Ravenswood.