In Saturday’s Strib: Sidewalks? Too pedestrian for some: “In suburbs, sidewalks can divide. Some say they encroach on privacy. For others, they bring safety and a sense of connection.”
It’s the perfect time to discuss/argue about sidewalks because, as far as I know, they’re NOT on the City Council’s plate in a big way. However, I started thinking about them again because of the east Woodley St. proposed upgrade.
Retrofitting suburbs with sidewalks is generating debate in some cities around the metro. Aiming to create a safe place to walk and link neighborhoods with parks and shopping areas, some suburban officials are instead encountering resistant homeowners who view sidewalks as an encroachment on privacy and pristine lawns. The result? The installation of sidewalks has become one of the hardest things on some city officials’ to-do list.
I’m inclined to love sidewalks and I really wish Woodley had them during the 25+ years I’ve lived on or near the street. With 4 kids, it was always a big concern since the traffic on it is heavy and moves fast. But now that my kids are grown and gone, I’m violently opposed to new sidewalks. (kidding!)