I have lived in Anchorage for 46 years, mostly in Spenard, where our garages and vehicles are located on the alleys. For all of that time, plowing the alleys has been a lower priority than plowing the streets, which is right and proper. But never before have our alleyways simply been ignored, as if we do not even exist.
Yet here we are, six-and-a-half weeks — 46 days — after the first big snowstorm and my alley has yet to see a plow truck. Every time I leave the house, I have to grit my teeth, cross my fingers and go as fast as I can as I hear my car bottoming out on the deep snow, hoping that I do not get stuck. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t.
I have written to the mayor, the Assembly, the Spenard Community Council and now the Anchorage Daily News, but the alleys remain untouched.
— Kenneth Ryan
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