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Day 1: Virginia-Highland Sidewalk Improvement Project

Which of these sidewalks do you think is the most hazardous?

The Virginia-Highland Sidewalk Improvement Project is a collaborative effort to identify sidewalks in the neighborhood in most dire need of repair for safety reasons.

Neighborhood resident and local watchdog David Eckoff walked the streets of Virginia-Highland to identify hazardous sidewalks, and Patch is giving you the opportunity to be a part of the project.

The goal of the project is to identify sidewalks that are a safety hazard in the neighborhood, and every day this week, you’ll find an interactive map and photo gallery of 10 sidewalks in the neighborhood that we feel are unsafe.

Make sure to click through the gallery and the map up top to get a good look at the sidewalks.

Funding for sidewalk repair is a contentious topic around the city. A Patch report later in this series will outline who is responsible for sidewalk repairs and how Virginia-Highland residents can get involved.

So, how do you participate?

Great question!

Make sure to vote in the daily poll — located at the bottom of this page — for the sidewalk that you think is in most dire need of repair.

Voting will close at the end of the week — Sunday, Feb. 5 at midnight to be exact. Patch will ask readers to vote next week on the top ten you select (so make sure to cast your vote every day!).

You can also upload your own photos of sidewalks you think need to be repaired!

Simply click the upload photos button just under the photo gallery in this article (make sure to login!). Be sure to include the street name and block number in the caption. (E-mail Jaclyn.hirsch@patch.com with technical difficulties).

Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Leave them in the comments section below!

Kalika January 31, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Joan, I agree. The hex pavers are at best quaint and at worst completely useless. Even when the pavers are supposedly functional, they're not completely flat, which, as anyone with bad vision can tell you, is a hazard. Whenever I walk down from Saint Charles onto Ponce, I breathe a sigh of relief as soon as I reach the walkable, "normal" sidewalk. That just goes to show you how horrid these pavers are--anything that makes you breathe a sigh of relief as you enter Ponce is just not right.
Jaclyn Hirsch January 31, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Don't forget to check out Day 2 of the project: http://patch.com/A-q2Zj
Margie February 01, 2012 at 03:32 PM
I don't think approaching a homeowner and telling them the sidewalk in front of their home has "won" the worst sidewalk award and they need to pay to have it fixed is any way to improve our neighborhood. Doccumenting the problem is a good first step, but I would suggest taking your pictures to our city and county representatives. Fixing our sidewalks would certainly be a better use of tax revenue than some of the useless projects currently on the books.
L Bradburn February 01, 2012 at 03:35 PM
As you know, the repair of sidewalks in the City of Atlanta is the adjacent property owners responsibility. PEDS has been working with the City DPW to make sure any hazardous sidewalk is inspected and a determination of responsibility is made. IF the City is responsible, yes they will make the repairs (although with current budget constraints it is taking in the 6-9 month range!). The City generally will make repairs if the sidewalk has been destroyed by tree roots in the right of way. PEDS would like to see the City incorporate a line item in the budget for sidewalk maintenance, so that it is not the property owners responsibility!
Margie February 01, 2012 at 03:37 PM
No, that won't work any better than if we all had to fix the road in front of our house. It is a bad system to put this responsibility on the homeowner. We should focus our efforts on changing the system.

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