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The 2700 Block of Leigh Street STILL needs a sidewalk

03/13/2018 8:00 AM by

John M once wrote:

How, after more than 100 years of being a neighborhood, are there still blocks without sidewalks?

Church Hill is filled with incomplete sidewalks and, while there’s been improvements, there are blocks that are still dirt and gravel or just grass in many parts of the neighborhood.

Let’s start with a definition of “complete streets”:

By enabling safe access for all users, Complete Streets promise to make cities more walkable and livable and at the same time more sustainable.

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A concerned neighbor recently wrote to city leaders and shared a letter with us:

Over the past six months I’ve noticed a number of improvements being made to sidewalks in Church Hill which are by and large in good shape. Notably, the north side of the 2800 Block of East Clay Street, the north side of the 2600 Block of East Clay Street and the East Side of the 400 Block of North 27th Street.

The 2700 Block of East Leigh Street is still incomplete. We called the Department of Public Works in October of 2015 to request sidewalk installation. Additionally, we have submitted requests via the See Click Fix System. These requests have been unanswered by the City and the Public Works Department.

The public rights-of-way (I cannot call them sidewalks) on our block consist of dirt and gravel which become streams during times of heavy rain. This forces neighbors and citizens to walk in the road for safety rather than on the “sidewalk.” There is a public desire in the neighborhood to see unimproved “sidewalks” upgraded to improve aesthetics and quality of life as evidenced by the response on the See Click Fix system.

With the amount of private and public investment being made in the neighborhood and the amount of public investment being made in sidewalks which are in good repair, I would like to know what you are able to accomplish to move this issue along.

Complete streets are an important part of a healthy neighborhood. Do you have examples of streets or sidewalks you’d like to see finished? Contact Dr. Newbille or do a shout out here and have your voice heard.

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The 2700 block of Leigh Street needs a sidewalk


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