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Reader's View: Duluth shops must shovel for customers

Most all Spirit Valley businesses do a fantastic job of clearing the sidewalks, even with huge snow banks in the way. That makes their frustration with giant piles of snow really concerning to those of us who walk to shop ("West Duluth business o...

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Most all Spirit Valley businesses do a fantastic job of clearing the sidewalks, even with huge snow banks in the way. That makes their frustration with giant piles of snow really concerning to those of us who walk to shop (" West Duluth business owner sends message to city with signs over snow removal ," Feb. 14).

I have urged business owners in this area who do not shovel to do a better job. They usually reply it's the city's responsibility to clear the sidewalks. This is incorrect. City policy is clear: Businesses are required to clear the sidewalks, just like all property owners.

If you are a business owner who caters only to your driving customers, I urge you to look more closely at who literally walks through your door. People who arrive by transit or by walking spend more money per month than those traveling by car, according to a study by the San Francisco County Transportation Authority. Why? Because we make more frequent trips than customers who drive.

What can be done to embrace pedestrians as your best customers? Businesses can follow the city ordinance, and clear their sidewalks within 24 hours after each snowfall. They can contact the We Walk in Duluth group to be recognized as part of the Shop Shoveled campaign. We with the group like to brag about businesses.

Pedestrians can thank the owners who do the right thing and support them. Tell the ones who don't shovel that you "Shop Shoveled" and spend your money only where you have safe, easy access for all your shopping needs.

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Mike Casey Jr.

Duluth

The writer is a member of the We Walk in Duluth and Shop Shoveled groups. We Walk in Duluth can be found on Facebook.

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