Brilliant idea accept the Unions Don't Want No Stinking SKabs Taken Over Der Terrortorie and Drivendown Da Price of Da Contrats!
In Phila and suburbs we have no cracks. Every little crack is honed down with a cement file of some kind, then the corner edges are replaced with rubbery sloped inclines to mollify the ADA requirements. In fact, the Phila (unwritten) motto is: if it is worth doing, it is worth doing twice (or three times!). This keeps everyone employed, especially around election years!
LEGALIZE CRACK! ...wait... oh. Yeah, whatever.
You know, the only thing worse than common sense to liberals is decentralized solutions.
This guy is like kryptonite dipped in cyanide to the LA political machine.
The correct way to do it, famed economist, Paul Krugman, would prefer a massive earthquake ranging at 9.0+, would allow the government of LA to garner billions in Federal aid to rebuild the city and thus fixing the sidewalks will be just part of the rebuilding job. Never mind the hundreds of thousands of dead and homeless, Paul says it will stimulate the economy and that's all anyone(liberals) really cares about.
No money left for what government should do after we've spent it trying to school the uneducable and providing housing, medical care, etc for the third world immigrants.
Cracks me up...
How interesting that private citizens can do it better and far cheaper than the government.
Kudos to Reason TV for this. :)
Sure they can but then again, somebody, I mean a campaign contributor, will lose out on $10 Million dollar contract to roam around the city and do virtually nothing in terms of physical labor all day. You wouldn't want that to happen, would you?
Hey, looks like trees are causing all that crack damage. Call the environmentalists!
But seriously, we don't absolutely have to have sidewalks. They're a luxury, not a right.
Actually in most city charters sidewalks is one of the major reasons for taxation. The problem arises in part from the "green" issues of tree's or drainage typically. The root system as a tree matures lift the side walk panels. In addition the money raised through taxes (usually property tax) for sidewalks is being funneled to minority groups (vs public as a whole) to gain support to win future elections.
The problem, as most always seems to be the case, is corrupt politicians and shifting the "resources", read that as taxes, away from the primary sources into pet projects.
It is not uncommon to see cities charging people that are remodeling their homes to also fix or install sidewalks as part of the remodel. It is very common for astute tax payers to look into the city bylaws and charters and find their property taxes are already collected in part specifically for sidewalk installation, repair and maintenance. When presented with these facts at city council meetings a city typically backs down quickly before lawsuits are filed, sometimes even council members are replaced...