Saint John has been presented as a city of adventure and while this self-proclamation may make it seem as though there hasn't been a whole lot of adventure since the 1800s, officials seem intent upon living up to this title.
As the snow falls outside the studio, anxiety builds as I recall the last snowfall accumulating something in the vicinity of 10 centimetres. Lack of preparation combined with a seemingly slow response make travel by car, bus or foot an enterprise not for the faint of heart.
Over 39% of city sidewalks are not maintained during the winter months. I am not certain why any of this is acceptable in an already pedestrian-challenged city.
The city has a discernibly infinite number of positives and the potential for the future is enormous, but pretending everything is wonderful maintaining the status quo does not help bring that potential future to fruition.
I want more for Saint John. Do not mistake mentioning areas where improvement is possible as a lack of respect for doing so is a catapult for change - and change is good. We need more catapults.
Stay safe, Saint John, and if you slip on the ice, get back up and keep to your path.