28 Jul '16, 1pm

Sidewalks are critical infrastructure, not a frill

Sidewalks are critical infrastructure, not a frill

A few years ago I was shocked to learn than in much of the USA, homeowners are responsible for the maintenance of the sidewalks in front of their property. I wrote at the time about Atlanta: Some would consider sidewalks to be a pretty important part of urban infrastructure. Others might think that promoting walking as an alternative to driving might be good for cities clogged with cars full of mostly overweight people. It would seem logical that since sidewalks are on city property, they would get the care and attention that the roads get. But they don’t. Randy Garbin writes in CityLab about where he lives, Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, where he just got hit with a $3,000 bill to fix the sidewalk in front of his house. He recognizes the importance of sidewalks: For those of us steeped in sustainable development, the humble concrete walkway is the symbol of our cause—it protec...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/urban-design/sidewalks-are-crit...

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