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My grandmother is German.  She commented on all the snow and ice we’ve had recently, observing that in Germany it is the responsibility of the occupier (most people rent) to clear their section of pathway by 10am – this way ALL paths are made safe for everyone without extra burden on the already stretched public services.  Obviously, those unable to clear their own paths have to rely on kindly neighbours.

This approach has no real downsides: it deals with the problem quickly and efficiently; encourages people to take back some responsibility for their environment; and builds a sense of community (people making efforts for those they’ve never and will never meet).

We really should make this standard practice over here.

Inspired me to clear the path outside my house – felt good.

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