Shovel Your Sidewalk, or Else

Property owners who don't clean up snow that falls on sidewalks face fines and even legal liability

This should be you.

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There's a silver lining to the super-snowstorm that wasn't: less snow to shovel. That doesn't mean you can ignore your sidewalk, though. Most cities have the authority to levy fines for not shoveling your sidewalk after a snowstorm. In New York, the fines can be $100 or more. Boston charges at least $50 for each day a sidewalk remains covered by snow. Fines in Philadelphia run from $50 to $300, while Washington just enacted a law (PDF) fining residences $25 and businesses $150 for an unshoveled walk. 

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