With all of the discussion about an ordinance to requiring residents to take snow off sidewalks, it is instructive to look at compliance with and enforcement of the existing ordinance that prohibits residents putting snow onto sidewalks.
Section 26-9 states:
No person shall block, obstruct or otherwise hinder or impair pedestrian or vehicular traffic on the public ways of the city by placing snow or ice or permitting or causing snow or ice to be placed upon a street, sidewalk or bridge[.]
I haven't driven all over town, but there appear to be significant violators on Needham Street, Parker Street, Beacon Street, and elsewhere. And, these aren't just technical violations, they get to the very purpose of the ordinance. They really force pedestrians into the street.
I'll follow up in a few weeks to see if any citations are issued. If you have any pictures, send them and I'll post them.
By the way, things looked good at last year's poster-child Section 26-9 violator, Whole Foods on Walnut Street. Nice clear sidewalks and no snow mounds blocking them.
NS&S gets results!