Sidewalk Busted? Fix it Yourself

The city of Los Angeles is considering a plan to stop paying for repairs to broken sidewalks and driveways, shifting the economic burden to property owners.
May 9, 2010, 1pm PDT | Nate Berg
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"With cash in short supply, Los Angeles may soon end its policy of repairing sidewalks and driveways at city expense. This month, the City Council will consider repealing a 1974 ordinance that made the city responsible for sidewalk repairs, a policy that was initiated with a grant of federal funds. That pot of money, however, dried up long ago.

'We have no ability to perform these repairs,' said Councilman Bernard C. Parks, chairman of the council's budget and finance committee. 'The money ran out in the mid-1970s, yet the city has continued to hold itself responsible.'"

The real estate industry is expected to put up a fight against the proposed move.

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Published on Sunday, May 9, 2010 in Los Angeles Times
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