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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Preferential Dumping.
This weekend some cities on the East Coast got dumped with up to 30 inches of snow. Luckily mine was not one of them.

Flights were cancelled; people were stranded; roads were blocked; cars half buried. Two days later some parts of NYC remained untouched. Not surprisingly the boroughs that have been pushed to the back burner are the less affluent ones. Some of the streets of Brooklyn and Queens have not seen a passing car or a plow in two days. The roads remain impassable. Elderly can't get out, younger people can't get out! Hopefully, no one will need the assistance of an ambulance.

Before freely yielding to favoritism, it is important to understand that the snow removal must prioritize roads. Highways are number one priority followed by main roads that feed into highways and lastly residential roads. However, the residential streets of Manhattan have taken priority over Brooklyn’s. And the main roads of Queens as well as Brooklyn are still in poor condition.

Somehow this common picture does not make sense. People who can afford a $7,000 monthly rent payment can easily miss a day of work or work from home. It is the ones who live in the less privileged neighborhoods who must be at work IF they want to work. Factories, sweat shop and the like will make no concession, for the most part, to their snow bound employees.

There is definitely favoritism to some areas of a city. My road was finally paved after 20 years only because the town received my insistent and persistent letters, emails and phone calls for two years. Other neighborhoods are paved regularly without the insistence of a tax payer resident.

The situation can be and is frustrating for the neighborhoods waiting for assistance. Patience can only go so far and understanding of favoritism is even more difficult to maintain. It seems that parts of the city got dumped with more than snow.