Good thing…

we were prepared for all that snow, huh?

Seriously, though, I know it’s a big deal. I joke because I’m from Chicago originally, and when I was growing up in that area, we kids had to wish for practically several feet of snowfall at once before school would be shut down for a day. But then, I checked around online this morning to see how Chicago’s snow removal budget compares with Nashville. Although I couldn’t find solid numbers, what I saw made it look like Chicago’s budget may be at least 3 or 4 times higher. And rightly so. So when there’s even a little chance of snow in Nashville, it’s a big deal, simply for lack of resources to deal with it.

But you all knew that, I’m sure. I’m just always amused at people outside this area who act really surprised or patronizing about all the precautions taken in Nashville and the rest of the South when snowfall is predicted, without taking into account the resources to deal with the snow.

2 Comments so far

  1. S-townMike (unregistered) on February 1st, 2007 @ 10:24 pm

    I’ve been to Chi-town in the winter. A never ending dump of salt on the roads. It’s amazing how clear they are able to keep them. They seem to have it down to an art.

  2. Mister Nashville (unregistered) on February 2nd, 2007 @ 6:59 am

    While the northern cities deal with the snow quickly, the South doesn’t have a ton of cars with rusty wheel wells and bottoms of doors from all that salt. Have you ever noticed how there are huge amount of fully intact classic(50s, 60s, 70s) automobiles in Florida, yet a bunch of rusty ones in Chicago?

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