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It may be a tough proposition to have sidewalks, when they are only required when building a home on a vacant lot. Until that point, no sidewalk required.
Before we talk of the master plan of ideas how about we just put sidewalks where there are breaks in front of vacant lots.
My take, the city wants the private land owner to pay for a sidewalk on city property, while it needs a new Community Center. Here's a thought, perhaps we can install sidewalks where none exists (in front of vacant lots) so we can exercise at a leisurely pace in our own neighborhoods. Rather than driving to a new proposed community center in an air conditioned gym.
I know the new plans call for a smaller project, but you can never tell how things go, because the city could make a last minute claim that a new community center is less expensive than installing sidewalks and god forbid maintaining the sections of sidewalk that have risen more than 1" from adjacent sections.
So folks, you may have to get in your car and go the new Community Center for exercise. In my world the best community center is my neighborhood less the issue of missing sidewalks in front of vacant lots.
Perhaps, it should be considered a safety matter, but the Fire Chief was more concerned about shell driveways and gurneys but not the lack of sidewalks. Imagine having to walk on the street due to lack of continuous sidewalks. I guess the city has different priorities, walking in the street is considered safe.
So safe, that bike pathways are planned out but not continuous sidewalks. And I consider sidewalks a basic responsibility of cities, yet remains unchallenged.
So which will the city choose, exercise stations and indoor gym in a park or sidewalks for pedestrian traffic.
I know which path I would choose, your turn to choose. Priorities matter, but in this city of foundations, none exists to represent the utilitarian needs of this community, so the likes of a P&R Foundation get to drown out any request for a sound city infrastructure for pedestrians.
Or is this another single family home vs condo issue? Is there a pattern here?
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