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January 4, 2014 | Steve Lopez
I learned two things when Deborah Murphy of Silver Lake sent me an email in mid-December. First, there's a pedestrian-advocacy organization in our car-crazed metropolis, and it goes by the name of Los Angeles Walks. Second, there's a city of L.A. Pedestrian Advocacy Committee. Murphy is executive director of the former, chair of the latter, and she wanted to know if I could meet with her to discuss a development she's not happy about. Namely, there's the possibility of a $3-billion street repair bond measure on the November ballot this year, but as currently conceived, it would fix only the worst of L.A.'s streets and do nothing for the city's abominable sidewalks.
September 11, 2012
Broken sidewalks may not be quite as dangerous as rutted streets, but they too can be treacherous. An estimated 42% of the 10,750 miles of sidewalks in the city of Los Angeles are crumbling or buckling, lifted by tree roots in some places to scarily high inclines. The city gets about 2,500 "trip and fall" claims each year, and wheelchair users have sued the city, contending that the sidewalks are an obstacle course that violates the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. That they need to be fixed is a no-brainer.
February 9, 2014
Join Times columnist Steve Lopez for an L.A. Now Live chat Monday at 12:30 p.m. about the state of sidewalks and streets in Los Angeles. He will also be taking reader questions on a variety of issues. Lopez has written recently about the sorry state of many of the sidewalks in the city and the several millions of dollars paid out annually to those who have filed claims against L.A. after tripping and injuring themselves. It's what Lopez calls a pedestrian vs. pavement problem.
May 20, 2013 | By William Nottingham
During separate video interviews with the Los Angeles Times last month, candidates for L.A. mayor Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel responded to questions from individual voters. Among them is Alissa Walker of Silver Lake, who asked: What do the candidates plan to do about L.A.'s crumbling sidewalks? Walker, a pedestrian advocate, adds that L.A.'s streets are too wide, and "there are far too many" pedestrian collisions on city streets. Here's the video of what Garcetti had to say to Walker.
December 27, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, For the Los Angeles Times
The blizzard that has shut down the East Coast calls for some warnings about playing in or even walking onĀ  snow and ice. The American Assn. of Orthopedic Surgeons (and really, those docs should know) has some advice to share with the hundreds of thousands of Americans who will get injured this year. An association report on winter sports found snowboarding the No. 1 injury sport (164,002) and sledding, snow tubing and tobogganing a close second (160,020) in 2007. Here are some safety tips from the Health Notes blog of the Newport News Daily Press and practical advice on avoiding snow sport injuries from the AAOS.
August 30, 2012 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Three Los Angeles City Council members voiced alarm Wednesday that a proposed study of broken sidewalks could take three years, saying they want a faster and cheaper plan for getting their arms around the problem. Councilmen Eric Garcetti, Bill Rosendahl and Joe Buscaino called for the Bureau of Street Services to "go back to the drawing board" on a proposed field survey of an estimated $1.5 billion in damaged sidewalks. They said they want a less costly approach than the proposed survey, which officials have predicted would cost "well over $10 million.
October 22, 1997 | JOHN CANALIS
Because the city cannot afford to do all of the sidewalk work that is needed at one time, the City Council this week prioritized 717 blocks that need it most. Building the sidewalks in all the areas that need the work would cost $17.2 million, the city says. And that figure doesn't include relocating utilities and acquiring right-of-ways from property owners. The action on Monday followed a review of a study on missing sidewalks the council commissioned in February.
November 28, 1996
The people of Long Beach's Park Estates neighborhood are fiercely protective of the trees that cover their streets like tall green awnings. And their sidewalks show it. A stroll on the sidewalks sometimes can rise or drop with every other tree, a potentially hazardous consequence of hidden root systems. Over the past three years, at least 46 people, many of them senior citizens, have tripped and fallen on crumpled--but nicely shaded--sidewalks across the city, records indicate.
March 1, 2001
Re "4 Die as Car Plows Into Pedestrians," Feb. 25: As a member of the UCSB/Isla Vista community, I feel I need to correct a statement made in this article--"Sabado Tarde has sidewalks, but on weekend nights many walk the streets, the better to mingle." Although there are sidewalks on portions of this and other streets in Isla Vista, they are so infrequent and in such disrepair that it leaves us no choice but to walk in the street. I feel that the media are suggesting that the victims are to blame for walking in the street, as if they had a choice.
November 22, 1991
The Moorpark City Council has refused to fix a slippery sidewalk in the exclusive Mountain Meadows neighborhood where pools of water collect due to poor drainage. City officials acknowledged that drainage problems make about five feet of the heavily used sidewalk slippery and dangerous. But fixing the problem, which is projected to cost between $5,000 and $10,000, is the responsibility of the homeowners association, council members said Wednesday.
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