City Won't Enforce Sidewalk Shoveling
By Marcus Gilmer in News on Jan 7, 2010 9:20PM
Photo by Rebecca Whitney
A Chicago law on the books for decades says owners or tenants of buildings must remove snow and ice from any walkway narrower than 5 feet within three hours of the snow falling.
The Chicago Department of Transportation's public-way inspectors post notes on businesses and residences where violations occur. Violators could be issued a $50 citation.
Look, we get it. Lots of apartment buildings are necessarily inhabited by the property owner but if you're physically able, shoveling the sidewalk is a common courtesy. Sure, it's a pain to have to do it multiple times on a day like today when the snow piles up, but it's a light, dry snow, most sidewalks aren't that big in this city unless you live in a ginormous mansion (or one of those huge apartment complexes), and it's a smaller pain then slipping on the ice that forms as everyone tromps over the snow, compacting it into a thick sheet of ice that won't melt until mid-May. Be a good neighbor, folks.