Nice. Does anyone know the schedule or methodology for selection? I know the south-of-broaders got a few blocks done. I’m sure we all have ankle-breaking-holy-crap blocks we’d like to nominate.
I love to see sidewalk repairs and new ones going down. However, when will the property owners start to help with maintenance? Some sidewalks throughout the neighborhood are terrible. We need to take a little bit more pride in our neighborhood curb appeal.
Love the sidewalk. The sewer is still backed up there as of today… looked like the work they were doing would maybe fix this. Maybe there’s still hope.
Yes, people seem to ignore or not know that even though the sidewalk is a city easement, it is the “owner” or “tenants” of the house or business in front of it responsibility to make sure it is clear of leaves, trash, and snow. This is per Richmond, VA Code of Ordinances Richmond Code §90-42, §38-152, and maintaining it may even mean getting the city involved to fix things.
When I saw this sidewalk being installed around the corner, it reminded me to check on my request to have the 400 block of N 27h repaired or replaced and I have been doing so since August 2008 (8 years). Over that time, I was even given work order numbers but nothing has happened. On my side of the street there are 9 mature trees and 4 light poles. Trees that have gotten 8 years older and their roots now run the entire width of the sidewalk. Sidewalks since first reported are now used by patrons at Dutch and WPA (both should be concerned), as well as by us personally. And now, being on the walking Holiday House Tour, upwards to 400-500 visitors will each be susceptible to the same dangers of tripping and falling.
I was given a new order number last week with a promise that it would be completed by December but, we will see, and I am following up now with supervisors now. I think 8 years to wait for anything is long enough.
The sidewalk and tree situation has gotten one step worse for our block, which now is going on 10-years asking for it to be replaced. The last I was told is that it would cost at least $600,000 to remove all the trees needed to fix the sidewalks, money they don’t have even after being promised that funds would be available last year to do it.
Then, the root system has gotten way out of hand and growing up under retaining walls which are a risk for both the city and contractors hired since they can collapse removing the roots from them. A problem that could have been avoided if handled 10 years ago!
A neighbor, whose air conditioning system is on their roof, now is having issues getting it replaced. The unit was switched on 2007 but needed a heavy duty construction crane to come in to lift it to the roof. They can not do it now because the trees have gotten that much larger.
These same trees are now dropping limbs almost with every storm and falling down on cars and sidewalks… a risk for pedestrians. One tree across the street is so dead, there is only one remaining live limb on it but the city will not cut it down but did cut one down in better shape a couple weeks ago around the corner… again, on Clay Street. Where is the logic?
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