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Snowy sidewalks, begone!

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[Photo: GC:PVD]

The City of Boston might have the answer to Jef + Co.'s (well-placed) rants about snowy walkways and sidewalks here in Providence.

From the Globe:

Code inspectors have taken to the streets this winter with a new weapon, palm-size computers with touch screens that snap photographs of treacherous patches of ice, snow, and slush. Thumbnail images are stamped on tickets and printed instantly with a wireless 32-ounce printer slung over an officer's shoulder like a purse.

Officials hope the immediacy of the photographs will act as a deterrent, reducing the number of slick sidewalks that twist ankles, flare tempers, and force some pedestrians to walk in the street, which can be dangerous. When property owners find a green envelope for a code violation stuffed under their doors, they are staring at evidence they will have to explain if they plan to appeal.

As I discovered after visiting GC:PVD, Jef's already on this.

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