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Dear Residents of Shaughnessy

posted at 12:05 am
on Jan. 5, 2009

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Dear residents of Shaughnessy,

With an average annual household income of $136,252 and family income of $153,895, you are the wealthiest neighbourhood in Vancouver, and a beautiful place from which to appreciate the blanket of white water that has settled on our city.

There are wonderful historic buildings all around your streets, and in fact there’s a self-guided walking tour of this area by the city of Vancouver that highlights the most interesting residences.

However, it would be virtually impossible to do this walking tour today, because almost none of the walks here are shoveled, and certainly fewer here than in any other neighbourhood I’ve been in.

The snowmageddon that continues to afflict Vancouver is abnormal, to be sure—some would even say historic.  But that’s no excuse for not clearing your walks.  Your houses are worth over $1,000,000 each—surely you can afford a snowblower, or to pay a clearing service or a neighbourhood kid.

It’s true that snow clearing not required by law unless you’re a business.  Private residences can leave snow on the sidewalk unless they are in the downtown area. (Residences downtown have to clear sidewalks by 10 a.m.).  But it’s just common courtesy to let people walk safely on the sidewalk in front of your house so they don’t have to walk in the middle of the street.

And if common courtesy doesn’t sway you, how about the fact that you make a really attractive lawsuit target, with your fancy house.  Think about it.



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