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LA Times – Red tape a stubborn obstacle to sidewalk repair

September 16, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Whatever course is chosen, it would be nice to get things moving. Los Angeles has 5,000 miles or so of bad sidewalk, and the fix could run as much as $1.5 billion. But this being the era of budget crunch triage, no money has been set aside, despite the fact that disabled access is a problem and about 2,500 claims are filed against the city each year from people who have taken a tumble.

It’s a sorry state of affairs when City Hall falls down on the job of a basic service like sidewalk maintenance, delaying the inevitable for years until it becomes a crisis. Are we headed for a day when, if you want a pothole fixed, you’ll have to grab a rake and do it yourself?

But Griswold, who worked as a construction estimator for the Department of Water and Power for 32 years, thinks enough people will volunteer to get the survey job done when they realize it could save them $10 million. I noted that their good deed might ultimately be punished with a tax down the road if a bond measure is floated to pay for the sidewalk fixes, or with a big bill to pay if city officials go with a proposal to make homeowners responsible for their own repairs.

via LA Times – Red tape a stubborn obstacle to sidewalk repair.

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