Heroes of the night, 101116

Call them what you want, Night workers, Street workers or even Heroes of the night.  The photos are shot on the evening after a major snowfall, don’t get me wrong it was not a snowstorm, basically just a lot of snow, There has been unusually a lot of snow for the time of year and the area.

In any case during the day there were so many people complaining of the bad cleanup of the snow from sidewalks and roads. Most of the main highways around Stockholm City were gridlocked for several hours. This gridlock even continued several hours into the night.

The problem that cause this is in my opinion the failure of the multiplicities to be ready for something as basic as snow fall.

Fortunately for me I know some people in the night business… So I decided to see if it was possible for me to tag along on a shift and document their work… This is the result. It was shot in the suburb off Stockholm, Farsta C.

The conclusion I came to in the early hours of the morning is that next time you curse when a truck or a tractor is blocking your rode, you should really think twice, I mean these men and women are doing great service for you…

This is a series of photos shot with short preparation time and on a brand-new camera which I am not familiar with, so please bear with me if the photos are a little bit grainy or out of focus.

The follow-up:
By Heat Street Staff | 3:37 am, November 17, 2016

(when I first read the original article I thought it was a joke, apparently it is not…)

A new system, suggested by progressive politicians in the Swedish city, tore up tried and tested snow plow routes and diverted them to areas said to be used more by women.

But the inevitable consequence was that other spaces – like main roads – were clogged up for longer, and it became impossible to get around.


Public transport failed, traffic piled up and injuries requiring a hospital visit reportedly spiked.

The disaster struck despite a $270,000 increase in this year’s snow removal budget meant to help the new system succeed.

A scene from Stockholm, a city usually well-equipped to deal with snowy weather
A scene from the storm in Stockholm, a city usually well-equipped to deal with snowy weather

The “gender equal” strategy came in last year after politicians in the Swedish Green Party argued that the old way of clearing major roads in central areas favours men, who are more likely to work in the city, and get there by car.

Instead, the plows were sent to clear out sidewalks and cycle paths – on the basis that women walk and bike often. They also focused on areas like kindergartens, which children and parents visit in the morning.

This public information video (in Swedish, but still comprehensible) illustrates some of the ideology:

Unfortunately, the theory did little to save Stockholm when a bumper snowfall hit at the end of last week.

Indeed, almost a week later buses are still struggling to run, and some 1,700 public transport passengers are planning to sue.

Progressive politicians have gone on the defensive, with the MP who suggested it claiming that the snow plows hadn’t executed the “gender-equal” plan properly.

Despite efforts to defend it, the plan has become a laughing stock.

Even liberal publications like Stockholm’s Dagens Nyheter published  this mocking listicle of “9 alternatives to feminist snow removal”, including Satanic snow removal (“melt the snow with burning crosses”) and Neoliberal snow removal (“the invisible hand of the market will move it”).

The Original article: heatst.com


And then a happier note: The guy who snowboarded through the streets of Stockholm

Watch the video below, shot by Lena Sahlberg of her colleague Mauritz Armfeldt making the best possible use of the snow. We don’t recommend trying this at home, kids.

 

Today was awesome. More tomorrow!!! #MOEadventures

A photo posted by Mauritz (@mauritz_arm) on

 

Jag @mario_santos_24 och @mauritz_arm var lite sugna på #afterski men då måste man ju se till att åka lite innan också #sofo ⛷🎉#södermalm #kundgsholmen #AfterskiPåLemon24November

A video posted by Lena Sahlberg (@lena.sahlberg) on