It seems to me that over the last year or so, Boston has started freaking out about snow. I’m not talking about last year’s Snowmaddegon, which truly was too much snow for too long (there’s no place to put it all). But Thursday and Friday, we received around a foot of snow.
Regular readers might remember that I grew up in the DC area, where for budgetary reasons, the local governments pretend that they are in Deep South and it does not snow. There, a foot of snow is a calamity because there’s too much road and far too little snow removal capacity (though it has become better recently). But Boston can handle a foot, though you would never know it, given the abject panic our local and state officials, along with their enablers in the local media, are displaying. This really does seem to be a recent phenomenon–I don’t remember private businesses closing for a foot of snow before. I’m not the only one:
Anyway, the only way to decide this is with a poll, followed by some pictures. Poll:
Snow and Steam on Newbury:
Exeter St. and Commonwealth Ave.:
Commonwealth Mall, at night: