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.

"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.

Full Story: L.A. may stop footing bills for sidewalk and driveway repairs

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Home owners responsible for sidewalks?

Welcome to San Francisco. Home and business owners have been responsible for the upkeep and repair of city sidewalks for over 20 years.

Rob Bregoff

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