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D.C. Neighbors Organize Shovel Brigade

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Maryland resident Chris Frantz traveled to D.C. to help clear his grandparents' sidewalks, becoming a part of the Tenleytown Insurrectional Snow Removal Brigade.
Jessica Gould
Maryland resident Chris Frantz traveled to D.C. to help clear his grandparents' sidewalks, becoming a part of the Tenleytown Insurrectional Snow Removal Brigade.

By Jessica Gould

With many sidewalks still covered with snow, some residents of D.C. are taking matters into their own hands.

They call themselves the Tenleytown Insurrectional Snow Removal Brigade, a rag tag team of neighbors determined to make sidewalks passable for pedestrians. Jonathan Bender helped organize the effort.

"The mayor is doing what he can to plow out the city but lots of sidewalks are still unplowed," he says. "There are places that are unshoveled because the residents are infirm. So we decided to do something about it."

With his neighbor Neil Flanagan, Bender sent emails through the local listserv, Facebook and Twitter, calling on all able-bodied residents to join the cleanup. Chris Frantz got the message.

"I live in Frederick, Maryland and my grandparents were sick and snowed in," says Frantz. "So I came up here to dig them out. And then I called up a bunch of my other buddies to see how their parents are doing. They're all snowed in at school. They can't dig their parents out. So I've been going around digging out the parents."

Bender said the group is thinking locally and acting locally.

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