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Why doesn’t City of LA attend to its uneven sidewalks?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 7:28 pm - February 7, 2013.
Filed under: LA Stories

Just cause this on Instapundit:

REASON TV: LA’s New Crack Epidemic: Sidewalks. Have you noticed that the more time and energy cities put into things like banning big sodas or plastic grocery bags, the worse jobs they do at things that used to be considered basic functions of government?

They should have interviewed me.  In late November when it dark, walking from my gym to my car, parked on an adjacent side street — in the City of Los Angeles, I didn’t see a spot where a tree roots had pushed one square of the sidewalk up so that it was no longer level with the square next to it.

I tripped on the higher square and fell.  For a few days afterward, whenever I turned in a certain way, I felt a severe pain on the side where I had fallen.  The pain eased up after a week.

A friendly guy from the gym who had seen me fall — and rushed over to assist me — said he had seen such uneven sidewalks all over the city.

Should I have sued the city had I broken a rib?

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31 Comments

  1. Note to self: new way to meet guys! :)

    Comment by jimmy — February 7, 2013 @ 9:45 pm - February 7, 2013

  2. They don’t have the money for that stuff anymore, not with all the businesses leaving and with more important things like weekly vegetarian meels.

    Comment by Paul — February 8, 2013 @ 3:35 am - February 8, 2013

  3. This is because it doesn’t cost any money to ban plastic bags and soda.

    It does cost money to fix sidewalks and roads.

    Also, you get big headlines if you ban soda, but nobody cares if you budget money to fix a sidewalk.

    Comment by Just Me — February 8, 2013 @ 8:49 am - February 8, 2013

  4. “Should I have sued the city had I broken a rib?”

    In a word, Dan – YES. ;-)

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — February 8, 2013 @ 9:35 am - February 8, 2013

  5. Here in the Popular Republic of Joisey Nova, even though the municipality owns the sidewalk in front of your house, the homeowner is legally-required to maintain it his expense, is legally-liable for any injuries there-on, and must keep it clear of snow and ice within 18 hrs. on pain of heavy fines.

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — February 8, 2013 @ 10:01 am - February 8, 2013

  6. In SF I think the city government will claim it is the business or homeowners responsibility to fix uneven sidewalks….if I not mistaken.

    Comment by Niall — February 8, 2013 @ 10:18 am - February 8, 2013

  7. Well, you could have sued the tree…

    Comment by Ignatius — February 8, 2013 @ 10:51 am - February 8, 2013

  8. #7 – What?? And outrage the enviro-nitwits??

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — February 8, 2013 @ 12:03 pm - February 8, 2013

  9. “You can’t make a socialist utopia without breaking a few ribs!”

    Comment by The_Livewire — February 8, 2013 @ 12:15 pm - February 8, 2013

  10. most cities pay for this via assessments to the landowner / requiring the landowner to maintain the sidewalks themselves.

    But, since all you conservative folks are for lower taxes and less/no government, why is this a problem? And how does the little problem of your inconvenience compare with whole towns thare are losing things polie and fire protection?

    Further, I’m assuming that no conservative out there wants to drive something like a federal highway, correct? I mean, the Federal highway system was built in large part becuase of the horrific high taxes on the wealthy at the time. That sickening socialism just provides awful results, right?

    Comment by Kevin — February 9, 2013 @ 6:45 pm - February 9, 2013

  11. Ah, nice to see the return of the strawman.

    Try reading the initial post Kevin. I know it has multi-syllable words and all. But if you are going to comment, try to keep up.

    Comment by The_Livewire — February 9, 2013 @ 11:02 pm - February 9, 2013

  12. why does poo smell so bad?

    Comment by oldjoe — February 10, 2013 @ 10:38 am - February 10, 2013

  13. <blockquote cite=""…Further, I’m assuming that no conservative out there wants to drive something like a federal highway, correct? I mean, the Federal highway system was built in large part becuase of the horrific high taxes on the wealthy at the time. That sickening socialism just provides awful results, right?</blockquote cite=""

    Yes, but if someone has an accident on the Federal, State or County road in front of your house or business….you don't get personally-sued. But they trip on the municipally-owned sidewalk…you the property-owner get sued for injury and damages.

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — February 10, 2013 @ 3:34 pm - February 10, 2013

  14. And how does the little problem of your inconvenience compare with whole towns thare are losing things polie and fire protection?

    Yup — towns in which Obama supporters like you, Kevin, put a higher priority on paying outrageous salaries to Obama Party officials than on paying for police and fire protection.

    You want both? Pay THEM first. But since you don’t, what we see is that this isn’t about police and fire protection; it’s about you using that as hostages to extort money from taxpayers to pay your outrageous salaries and perks.

    You haven’t anything but lies, Kevin. Now run away and demonstrate by your refusal to answer that you can’t.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — February 10, 2013 @ 11:41 pm - February 10, 2013

  15. I agree with Peter; the next time it happens, by all means file a claim with the city if you have a medically-treatable injury. As was said, the municipality that has time & energy for Meatless Mondays has time & energy to come up with a way to repair sidewalks, despite any whining aobut the costs.

    And before I read NDT’s comment, I was thinking of the City of Bell; the exhortation to file claim is double for municipalities whcih are mismanaged and divert funds for cronyism.

    Comment by RSG — February 11, 2013 @ 1:40 am - February 11, 2013

  16. I don’t think LA is unique, we have broken streets/sidewalks here too. I mean in Outer Mongolia.

    Comment by Andy — February 12, 2013 @ 11:34 am - February 12, 2013

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