A new motto that you may have noticed on the new official Shorewood website is:
Shorewood --- Just Two Feet From Everything.
If you think this motto is good --- just wait until the Village Board spends that $45,000 or so dollars they put in the budget to advertise the virtues of Shorewood as a "Walkable" community.
Driving around the Village today --- I saw it was true --- Everything was just two feet away --- that is everything is just on the other side of a Two Foot High Snowbank !
If you want to park and shop at almost any store on Oakland or Capitol, I hope you get a parking spot near the corner. Because where ever you are going is on the other side of a Two Foot Snowbank, and you have to walk to the corner to get to the sidewalk.
Once at the corner, I hope that you are very nimble indeed, as almost all of them have ice fields and trampled down snow, that you still have to navigate.
If you are handicapped and use a walker or cane, you might still have a chance. If you have to use a wheelchair, you better get it fixed with snow chains.
But hey --- this time next year, if we have the same wintery conditions, you might be able to drive over to the Shorewood High School and walk around on the astro turf under a nice warm dome. After all, the Village Board gave almost $500,000 for the D2D !
Of course that money may very well have been better spent if the Board had budgeted to have the snow banks removed from the parkway on the business streets --- and the ice fields cleard at the crosswalks.
Or maybe they can take the $45,000 some dollars they are going to spend to advertise Shorewood as a Walkable Community --- and use it to clear snow and really make it so.
What is YOUR Take ?