Photos: Gregory Levine. Location: Google Earth Placemark.
- In a car dependent city, sidewalks contribute little to urban mobility, except in central areas where pedestrian traffic is more frequent. Still, sidewalks have limited impact on economic productivity. They cannot be considered as wealth producing investments, but as tools to improve convenience and aesthetic.
- The above project does not improve in any visible way the utility of the sidewalk since the prior sidewalk did not appear to be defective in a way that would impair its use. The project was thus simply done in an opportunistic (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) and discretionary manner.
- Two wheelchair ramps were laid on each side of the disabled parking spot. Therefore, this projects comes at the expense of an additional parking slot, implying reduced car accessibility for local businesses, as well as a small amount of green space lost to make place for a ramp.
- During the construction phase, local businesses were disrupted by reduced accessibility, resulting in a loss of revenue.