Too many property owners do not shovel their sidewalks as required by city code: 24 hours after the cessation of a snow fall. This makes walking on sidewalks hazardous for all pedestrians -- and is particularly dangerous for children, senior citizens and people with disabilities, who often are forced to walk in the street instead of on the sidewalk because the sidewalks are too treacherous.
We need to make sure that we are a walkable city year-round, not just when the snow melts. Albany's unshoveled winter sidewalks have been a concern of mine since I first came here as a college student in 1986. I have written about it in the past including this letter to the editor from 2007 and on this "Wish List" from 2008. Let's get this problem addressed!