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A shady problem

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By The Staff

We’re probably too late to solve this, but the problem is ice buildup and dangerous walking on the shady side of downtown buildings, along Central Avenue especially. When snow falls, the county does a good job of clearing, but when cars are already in the lots, the snow gets packed down and turns to ice.

The snow on the north-facing curbs turns to ice and remains there till spring.

I don’t know what building owners could do, short of getting out with brooms at 6 a.m. while the snow is still fluffy to clear it away before cars pack it down. Melt-and-freeze is a problem, too. There was a sheer ice sheet on the sidewalk this morning in front of one Central Avenue business. Be careful walking, everybody. More snow is on its way.

Inez Ross

Los Alamos