L.A. Passes Sidewalk Repair to Residents

November 28, 2011

In another example of how shortfalls in municipal budgets are affecting construction projects, Los Angeles officials are considering passing the responsibility for sidewalk repair to its residents.

According to a report in the L.A. Times online version, the municipality faces $1.6 billion in sidewalk repairs, estimating that 42 percent of the total sidewalk miles need help. The paper estimates it would take 70 years at the current rate of repair to alleviate the problem.

The city council cannot decide whether to borrow money for repairs or to pass along the responsibility to residents.