Sidewalk Wars Leave Pedestrians Treading On Thin Ice

Whenever I’m interested in reading about climate change I turn to Grist Magazine to see what interesting facts they may have uncovered in this realm. While I’m there, I peruse their section on cities, which contains a selection of information about urban living including things related to walking and cycling.

One such article caught my eye recently because the title was quite definitive. “The city should shovel your sidewalk” it proclaimed. It was written by none other than Ben Adler who usually talks about climate change and environmental issues with a few articles about green cities thrown in.

His argument begins with the following observation: “Cities, and especially suburbs, throughout the country take the bizarre position that roads are a public good but sidewalks, where they even exist, are a luxury that homeowners must maintain for themselves.”    Continue reading ….

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