Exchange Street Bridge as of 4:10pm - barely even touched.

South Siders Digging Themselves Out

Not much of a story to tell, but more of frustration to tell. Many people on my side of town feel the same. It feels like the South Side of Binghamton has been given up on in regards to having our streets plowed. These pictures were taken on the way home between 4:10 p.m. and 4:25 p.m.. The day is almost over. It's almost dinner time with the family... if I can make it to them on time. The first one, the Exchange Street Bridge hasn't been touched recently. The pathway through it, has been plowed, not by actual plows, but the cars that have been driving on them, clearing a path as they go. The downside of citizens making their own path is that the snow packs the snow down, and will eventually turn to ice if it hasn't already. The director of Public Works happens to be a neighbor that lives down the street. He lives somewhere on this street in the second picture. If anyone should be concerned, he should. All he has to do is look outside.

Aside from not really being able to leave the house unless you have four-wheel drive, the snow day is reminiscent of the Blizzard of '93 - however, if memory serves me correct, the streets were cleared quicker than what I've witnessed... nay, not witnessed today. It's nice to see the neighbors band together to help clear each other out and it's wonderful to see this sense of community again. Hopefully we'll still stick together after the roads have been cleared and we go back to complaining about the cold once more. Oh, how we're so similar when we find out we all dislike the same things.

All in all, it's been a beautiful day - untarnished by snowplows for the majority of it, allowing for us to see it how Nature truly intended. On one hand, I'm glad to have seen the beauty of it, but I'm also looking forward to Spring when we can complain about how the streets aren't being repaired. If it's not one thing...

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