City Desk

Shovel Patrol: Robert Allbritton

Washington City Paper embarked yesterday afternoon upon an SUV-assisted inspection of various notable persons' sidewalks. Did they comply with their civic duty to clear walkways for pedestrians within eight daylight hours after the snowfall ended?


Robert L. Allbritton

Position: chairman and CEO, Allbritton Communications Inc.

Address: 3124 Q St. NW (Georgetown)

Observations: Allbritton—owner of Politico, WJLA-TV, and NewsChannel 8, inter alia—bought the massive Bowie-Sevier House for $24 million in 1997. Apparently he didn't have much left over for the snow budget. The manse has frontage on both Q Street and P Street; the much shorter south frontage was shoveled by 4 p.m. yesterday, albeit in skinny single-file fashion. The sidewalks in front, on Q Street, were hardly touched—though it appeared that someone had cleared one side of a dual staircase ascending from the street to the door. The rest of the walk—the part the plebians actually walk on—was thick with boot-compacted snow.

Grade: D-

Q Street stairs:


P Street frontage:


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  • chris raymond

    You should shine your spotlight on Falls Church City--lived there for 10 years and businesses NOTORIOUS for never clearing walks, inc in front of senior housing, doctor's offices. And the head of the Chamber of Commerce responded to a complaint by saying well, those businesses give so much money to the schools--so presumably, this justifies ignoring city regs and creating hazards for pedestrians!