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Washington City Paper embarked yesterday afternoon upon an SUV-assisted inspection of various notable persons’ sidewalks. Did they comply with their civic duty to clear walkways for pedestrians within eight daylight hours after the snowfall ended?
Vincent C. Gray
Position: D.C. Council chairman
Address: 2619 Branch Ave. SE (Hillcrest)
Observations: Not a good showing for the chairman here. Gray’s stately Hillcrest home sits on a well-trafficked corner, but the sidewalks on Erie Street and Branch Avenue appeared not to have been touched. In fact, the only signs of habitation were a pair of foot tracks leading to Gray’s back door. A point in Gray’s defense: A strong sidewalk-shoveling culture does not appear to have developed in the neighborhood, making Gray’s scofflawism more the rule than the exception. Even more in his defense, Gray’s spokesperson said on Monday that Gray and friends shoveled the sidewalks not long after LL’s visit at about 3:30 p.m. Sunday. “He even cleared some parking spaces,” she says. Maybe so—-but with sunrise at 7:10 a.m., Gray did so more than eight daylight hours after the last snowfall—-outside the statutory grace period!