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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? Here’s what we found.
Sally Quinn and Ben Bradlee
Position: Party columnist and former executive editor of the Washington Post, respectively
Address: 3014 N St. NW (Georgetown)
Observations: The Quinn/Bradlees have it a bit tougher than the average privileged residents of Georgetown. Where most Georgetown residences might have, say, 15 or 20 feet of sidewalk frontage, these great Washington hosts own a good portion of their fine N Street block—-say, a good 100 feet or so. For the entirety of that real estate (aka the Laird-Dunlop House), the Q/B fam had excavated a workmanlike channel. Georgetown couples looking to saunter abreast are going to have some problems, though: Points off for narrowness! When a reporter asked for Quinn to explain the household’s approach to sidewalk maintenance, he was told that Quinn was “out on her walk,” suggesting that this was something that Quinn did on a regular basis. Then Bradlee was summoned. Happy, feisty, and dressed for the season in a light sweater and some sturdy cords, Bradlee said that he’d shoveled “about one tenth of it,” while other family members and an itinerant shoveler finished it out. Bradlee was careful to point out, too, that his sidewalk responsibilities end at the garage, which is where the scandal starts. Q/B’s neighbor, financier Carl J. “Rick” Rickertsen, has completely fallen on his face, failing to shovel the entire southwest corner of the 30th and N intersection. (Rickertsen’s driveway, however, was well-cleared.) Not even the slightest of effort here. Quinn must have started her walk in the other direction.