A white Christmas, or any other day, will mean more work for Philadelphians, as City Council has mandated a new shoveling requirement. Anyone owning or occupying a building in the city has until now been liable to be ticketed for failing to shovel a path 21/2 feet wide on the sidewalks of the property within six hours of the end of a snowstorm.
On Thursday, Council approved a bill that raised the inch count by six inches, so all shovelers will now have to make a three-foot-wide path.
Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller, the bill's sponsor, said she wanted to make room for wheelchairs. Mayor Nutter is expected to sign the bill.