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As a lot of us know firsthand, this was a great winter for skiing, snowshoeing and ice fishing, but not so great for navigating streets and sidewalks.

Snow removal became a big issue, as unplowed snow can lead to accidents and bring business to a standstill. Piles of snow on sidewalks create a dangerous obstacle for pedestrians, who can slip on ice or have nowhere to walk but the street. Some municipalities, such as New York City and Chicago, were heavily criticized for their lack of preparation this winter. But this shouldn’t have happened, given the amount of snowfall in the Northeast. It’s not like we weren’t expecting snow, after all.

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