Boston’s Record-Shattering Snow Turns Neighbor Against Neighbor

By Katie Brace, WBZ-TV

BOSTON (CBS) — In Boston, the never-ending snow is turning neighbor against neighbor.

More than 5,600 complaints over snow removal have been filed in the city about people who have not done their due diligence when it comes to shoveling. There are complaints about neighbors, businesses and even the city for leaving roads and sidewalks snow-covered.

“I think everybody should do their part,” said one Boston resident who lives on a street with many unshoveled areas. “As you can see, it’s like a ski resort.”

As the city tries to tackle the six feet of snow that fell in a little more than two weeks, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has encouraged people to report snow removal offenders online through “Citizens Connect.” Many have included photos in their anonymous complaints.

An unshoveled sidewalk in Boston. (WBZ-TV)

An unshoveled sidewalk in Boston. (WBZ-TV)

So far, Boston has issued over 2,000 citations for failing to remove snow. Fines for not clearing snow start at $50.

But some in Boston are offended by the idea of ratting out their fellow citizens.

Richard Larkin has spent hours shoveling sidewalks, and lives across from an apartment with unshoveled sidewalks.

“It’s their property, it’s their ticket, it’s not my ticket,” he said.

But Larkin hasn’t reported his neighbors and doesn’t like the notion one bit.

An unshoveled sidewalk in Boston. (WBZ-TV)

An unshoveled sidewalk in Boston. (WBZ-TV)

“I think it’s disgusting,” he said.

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