When they won't plow and salt the streets for their citizens. Take Seattle's dereliction of duty where they decided salt on the street might hurt Puget Sound, a body of salt water.
Ask yourself the question, who is hurt the most when people have no options to commute to work?
The Rich? First, the rich aren't living in the city, they're out in the 'burbs where they do crazy shit, like maintain their lines of transportation.
From the Seattle Times.
DIRE weather cries out for a dramatic response. If you've been attempting to drive anything other than an all-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive vehicle, you know Seattle has taken a laid-back approach to clearing streets.
Days of freezing cold and heavy snow produced a list of major streets and arterials that may or may not have been plowed, while the city purposely avoided a useful ingredient, salt. In Seattle, a plowed street means snow-packed, often sand sprinkled atop snow and ice.
The Seattle Department of Transportation eschews salt because it is not good for Puget Sound. Most snow days, most years, that makes sense — snow falls, lasts a day or two, and melts. The inconvenience to drivers, retailers and others is minimal. But Earth to city leaders: This is not a normal year. The city should have made an exception to its policy. Salt is an effective ice-buster.
What's so "progressive" about no transportation for the poor?