Minneapolis will use billboards to publicize its snow emergencies

  • Article by: PAUL WALSH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 7, 2011 - 9:14 PM
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reader2580Dec. 7, 11 8:11 AM

Why doesn't the city of Minneapolis put more effort into actually plowing the streets in a timely matter so they don't need to have so much publicity? Suburbs can plow the streets in 1/3 the time. Suburbs don't have to contend with parked cars, but I doubt Minneapolis plows have to run at 1/3 speed due to the cars.

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glorpifaxDec. 7, 11 8:33 AM

Lived in Minneapolis all my life and parked on the street. I have never been towed. Maybe the problem is not with the city but with the person being towed.

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swmnguyDec. 7, 11 9:35 AM

I've lived in Minneapolis for 25 years; half that time on Snow Emergency routes. I've never not known when there was a snow emergency. 25 years ago we didn't get the phone and e-mail notifications. We did have TV and radio news, and we had the best notification system of all: We noticed that, Hey, it snowed!

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Thumper5316Dec. 7, 1110:17 AM

I've lived in Minneapolis for almost my whole life. I've never NOT known when there was a snow emergency. There are those that will not be happy until the city personally goes door-to-door with the announcement.

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jarlmnDec. 7, 1111:26 AM

Oh please, who did Clear Channel pay-off to get the city to buy-into this billboard boondoggle? No matter how "electronic" wiz-bang, it is still a billboard; static in-place, limited viewership. I swear, too many city officials think they are still in the 1950's. What "new technology" will the city be talked-into next? I know; fancy electronic ankle bracelets that give car owners a shock when they need to move their danged vehicle.

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roooooDec. 7, 1111:42 AM

I think once someone's car gets towed, and they spend 4 hours plus at the impound lot, and what...$170 on fees?...they will pay attention to the Snow Emergency warnings that the rest of us do. We have tons of options...I'm not sure that the billboards are going to do anything, considering the trouble is on side streets where there are no billboards.

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whataboutmeDec. 7, 1112:07 PM

some people should not own cars, they are too complicated to manage properly

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samiamDec. 7, 1112:27 PM

Something tells me that this will not help the 200 people that will be in line after the first snowfall. You cant fix stupid

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kappelsDec. 7, 1112:58 PM

Ridiculous waste.

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northbordersDec. 7, 11 1:02 PM

I know of some people who spend all their non working hours gaming, so they are oblivious to their world around them. I no longer alert them to the snow emergencies.

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