Sidewalks and snow: the good, the so-so, and the ugly [UPDATED]

Update: As of 4pm on Monday, the Buchanan School property has been nicely cleared all the way around. Thanks very much to the Insight Property Group for their work! (I have not had a chance to review all of the other sites as of this evening.)

Update: As of 6pm on Tuesday, we've seen lots of progress. Frager's cleared the garden store sidewalk, and with the exception of Sunoco, the rest of that block looks great (including Lavender Retreat), too. CAS Rielger came through for New York Pizza's sidewalks, which look great. And late today the city cleared the sidewalks around Watkins field, which means that whole block of E St is passable.

It's been about a day since the big snowstorm ended, and like may DC residents I've spent much of the last 24 hours shoveling snow, both my own, my street's, and some Capitol Hill neighbors (through Capitol Hill Village). Many residents of 6B06 have been doing the same, and this morning I did a short tour of our neighborhood to see where things stand.

In the spirit of Greater Greater Washington's sidewalk snow clearing hall of shame, here's a short recap of some of the commercial and larger residential properties in 6B06 and where their sidewalks stand. I'm putting them in three categories: the good, the so-so, and the ugly. This isn't a complete list, and I'll come back to some of our government-managed properties later. 

The Good

There are a few standout performers in 6B06. At the top of my list is World Wine and Spirits at 15th and Penn, whose owner, Rich Lee, took his snowblower and cleared not only his sidewalk but good portions of his street. A first-rate small business!

World Wine and Spirits and its beautiful sidewalks

World Wine and Spirits and its beautiful sidewalks

Frager's on E St (more on the garden shop lower down...) has done a great job of keeping its streets cleared throughout the storm, and they even stayed open yesterday to provide supplies to the neighborhood.

Frager's (at least the E St location) worked hard to keep up with the snow.

Frager's (at least the E St location) worked hard to keep up with the snow.

Down on Pennsylvania Ave, the new(ish) Pipetown Traders has some immaculate sidewalks outside its narrow store front. Kudos to Trusty's and Wisdom on this block, too.

Beautiful, bare brick outside Pipetown Traders

Beautiful, bare brick outside Pipetown Traders

And further up the block Cherry Blossom Bridal also did a nice job with its sidewalks, as did Gourmet Express at the corner of 13th and Penn.

Clear (if narrow) passageways outside Cherry Blossom Bridal.

Clear (if narrow) passageways outside Cherry Blossom Bridal.

Good looking sidewalks outside Gourmet Express.

Good looking sidewalks outside Gourmet Express.

Many of our small businesses did a great job with their sidewalks, but some large businesses did well, too. Notably, Safeway has relatively wide and clear sidewalks around most of the store (though in a few places they pushed piles of snow across sidewalks or into the alley), and CVS has great looking sidewalks all around its store.

Nice, clear walkways around CVS at 12th and Penn/E St.

Nice, clear walkways around CVS at 12th and Penn/E St.

Finally, thank you to Hatem, who owns the small residential property on the southwest corner of 13th and E St, who had very nice looking sidewalks this morning.

The So-So

I won't go so far as to call these bad, but they're not great performers, either. First up is La Lomita, mid-block on the 1300 block of Penn. The sidewalks on the Penn side are in good shape, but as you can see the G St side hasn't been touched--those are La Lomita's, too. The pocket park (public land) isn't helping things here.

Hard to see, but the Penn sidewalk is okay. The G St sidewalk? Not so much.

Hard to see, but the Penn sidewalk is okay. The G St sidewalk? Not so much.

I'm putting the building at 1442 Penn (McKormick Paints) in this category. This picture shows off the value of putting overhangs on buildings, which accounts for most of the cleared sidewalk. Credit here: as I walked by there was a large crew clearing the back side of the building, too.

Clear-ish sidewalks around 1442 Penn, mostly since snow never landed here.

Clear-ish sidewalks around 1442 Penn, mostly since snow never landed here.

Another set of mostly-good, if quite narrow, sidewalks alongside the church and residential buildings on the 1500 block of K St, which have been purchased recently. Watch out for some incredibly icy patches along this stretch. 

A clear but narrow and icy path along a long stretch of the 1500 block of K St SE.

A clear but narrow and icy path along a long stretch of the 1500 block of K St SE.

The Ugly

As of 9am this morning, there were a handful of properties I passed ... or rather, didn't, since they were all but impassible. Here they are, starting with the northeast corner of 14th and Penn, where the long-unoccupied space (and new Wells Fargo ATM machine) sits near Potomac Ave Metro.

An important corner at 14th and Penn SE, that sites largely unshoveled.

An important corner at 14th and Penn SE, that sites largely unshoveled.

Just outside 6B06 at 15th and Penn is the new residential building going up. They're making progress on the construction but not on the sidewalks.

The new building going up at 1500 Pennsylvania Ave being built--but not shoveled--by Goldstar.

The new building going up at 1500 Pennsylvania Ave being built--but not shoveled--by Goldstar.

Across the street, the sidewalks around New York Pizza and the future side of the residential building from CAS Riegler are covered in snow. I have heard from CAS Riegler that they are working to get the sidewalks cleared, although New York Pizza could have made some progress at this point, too.

Not sure if delivery is an option from New York Pizza, but pick up certainly isn't right now.

Not sure if delivery is an option from New York Pizza, but pick up certainly isn't right now.

Further up Penn, Lavender Retreat has some pretty gnarly looking sidewalks, just up the block from Sunoco, who hasn't shoveled their either (though you can cut through the gas station itself).

Watch your step (if you can step) walking past Lavender Retreat.

Watch your step (if you can step) walking past Lavender Retreat.

Cutting through the Sunoco station is the only way around this portion of uncleared sidewalk.

Cutting through the Sunoco station is the only way around this portion of uncleared sidewalk.

Finally, while Frager's has been a standout performer on E St, I can't say the same for the garden store on the 1200 block of Penn. Here the sidewalk remains untouched and tough to navigate.

The other Frager's, on Penn, which is not in good shape.

The other Frager's, on Penn, which is not in good shape.

In addition, I don't have a photo but the long sidewalk around the Buchanan School site--soon to be developed by Insight Property Group--was entirely unshoveled as of 9am today.