Public Sidewalks or Private/Government Sidewalks?Somervell County Salon-Glen Rose, Rainbow, Nemo, Glass....Texas


Public Sidewalks or Private/Government Sidewalks?

3 April 2010 at 12:41:55 PM

I've been wanting to see sidewalks on both hwy 67 and downtown Glen Rose for some time. This article makes some interesting points to chew on as to how much control should a government have over sidewalks once they are created?

As good as this growing trend is, it would be far better if cities loosened their grips further by selling the sidewalk space outright to establishments that wanted it, subject only to the condition that the establishments’ use of the sidewalks met public safety and walkability requirements. If establishments had secure rights to their sidewalk space, they would invest more in sidewalk amenities to attract the public — not only in upgraded furniture for their customers but also in lighting, greenery, sculptures and conveniences for passersby, such as water fountains and garbage receptacles.

What do you think?

I was recently in a couple of cities in the southwest that had sidewalks all over town (Moab, Utah was one of them). It was a delight to see people out enjoying the shops and restaurants in the evening.


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