Reader: While cops clean up Occupy Denver, city does another snow job

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What constitutes an "encumbrance" in this town? The signs at Civic Center Park? Or the piles of snow on streets all over town? Several readers pointed out that while the city seems obsessed with doing a clean sweep of the Occupy Denver camp, it's ignoring the still-icy streets.

Says Waste:

While tax money gets poured down this hole of "enforcement," shoppers and diners (and tax income) avoid downtown because piled snow and ice are blocking parking spaces.

Nice allocation of resources, Mr. Mayor.

And downtown isn't the only place where the rules seem to be selectively enforced. Robert Chase adds this:

The City does not enforce the ordinance about shovelling sidewalks, or only very selectively. When it does snow, it is hazardous for pedestrians to walk in many places in the Denver -- the City doesn't even keep the sidewalks in front of its own facilities free of snow and ice!

Occupy Denver just marked its three-month anniversary -- and Kelsey Whipple has been covering the movement from the start. Read her three-month retrospective here.

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The snow on the sidewalks was placed by nature and will be gone in a few days.The encumberances were placed by humans that have shown that they will continue to 'grow' the encumberances until stopped. When asked to clear the mess, they refuse.

Nature drops snow in the trees, that is soon gone. The ODer's drop kayaks and fans into the trees. That's something that the 99% can't get behind.


And in those "few days" of snow blocking streets, parking, and sidewalks just prior to Christmas, thousands of tax dollars were lost by the City due to its inaction toward the essential service of snow removal. 

The mayor chose to spend and lose tax dollars on political theatre.  I guess if you want to argue that the problem was "nature" must be in the nature of a politician to be so stupid.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

When your mom breaks her hip slipping on ice the City is legally obligated to remove, get back to us.


She's dead, so no issue there.

Not sure I understand your argument..."Snow is a hazard to pedestrians in other parts of the city, so I should be allowed to block the sidewalk and force pedestrians to walk into the traffic lane to get around our piles of 'stuff' on the sidewalk."

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