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A sidewalk issue in Austin?

O.K., Austin, what's up with the lack of sidewalks on regular old neighborhood streets in the North Loop/Hyde Park neighborhood?*
There are sidewalks on the main streets, but that seems to be about it.

Trying to keep riffraff like me out?
It's working.

But what about your esteemed fellow neighbors?
If they want to go for a walk around their own block,
they have to either walk in the street
or walk on their neighbor's front landscaping.

Not cool.

Points removed from cool status.
And from
your walkscore
(If I could I would).

I just walked from Flightpath Coffeehouse on Duval Street near 51st Street to Monkeywrench Bookstore on North Loop Boulevard (aka 53rd Street) and back. Wanted to walk some of the neighborhood streets and was very disappointed to find no sidewalks. This is bizarre. Not to compare, but Grand Rapids is all about sidewalks. (Remember, GR has tons of snow. I'm not moving back.)

Mr. F informs me he has experienced this phenomenon throughout this area. I can't believe I'm only noticing now.


*Since writing the entry, I've discovered this lack of sidewalks in other parts of Austin. East Austin and Brentwood, to name two.  wisdom_seeker   brought up this excellent point: " I have found that the newer the construction (pretty much any housing development made post-1950), the fewer the side-walks in Indiana, Denver, and on Long Island. I think it's a side-effect of the push for cars..."

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leprosy
Mar. 5th, 2009 11:49 pm (UTC)
There's no sidewalks in my neighborhood either.
lost_tumbleweed
Mar. 6th, 2009 12:35 am (UTC)
Hey C, where are you living these days? Are you back in NJ, or still down south?
leprosy
Mar. 6th, 2009 01:27 am (UTC)
I'm still in NC. I doubt I'll ever go back to NJ.

I've got no way to get there for one thing.
lost_tumbleweed
Mar. 7th, 2009 01:37 am (UTC)
NC's supposed to be nice. Didn't it pull through for Obama in the election? I'm not recalling.

Would you want to go back to NJ?
leprosy
Mar. 7th, 2009 01:56 am (UTC)
"Didn't it pull through for Obama in the election?"

Yes. You're welcome.

"Would you want to go back to NJ?"

Ick.
lost_tumbleweed
Mar. 7th, 2009 01:59 am (UTC)
precisely.

referring to your thought on returning to NJ.

It's great catching up with you! Seems like old times ... sort of ... life is soo different today.
wisdom_seeker
Mar. 6th, 2009 10:33 pm (UTC)
I have found that the newer the construction (pretty much any housing development made post-1950), the fewer the side-walks in Indiana, Denver, and on Long Island. I think it's a side-effect of the push for cars...
lost_tumbleweed
Mar. 7th, 2009 12:34 am (UTC)
That makes a lot of sense. Though we're in an older part of Austin, the neighborhoods look like they were built in the 1960s/'70s.

For sure, the push for the car. Good point.
I guess I'm too idealist about Austin.
Believing they would change such things.
Eh, Austin is cool. It's growing like crazy now.
Changes are happening all the time.
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