Alberta Mirror

Monday, October 3, 2022

Councillors take actions toward renewal program that’s just for sidewalks

Alberta

Key takeaways: 

  • The current neighbourhood renewal program isn’t responsive to unsafe walkways.
  • Neighbourhood renewal is an enduring program in Edmonton where sidewalks and streets are reconstructed.

The renewal programs of sidewalks could be started: 

Edmonton sidewalks could obtain their renewal program, one that would be different from the existing neighbourhood renewal program, city councillors approved Monday at a community and public services committee meeting. 

The action comes on the heels of a report that is summarised.

The committee led the administration to pull up some options for a sidewalk renewal plan after obtaining a report that summarised long timelines for improving sidewalk cracks and other travel hazards. The committee hopes to hear those thoughts at the end of April. 

Coun. Andrew Knack stated he has pointed objections to 311 regarding a sidewalk in Terra Losa close to two seniors’ residences. After a year, zero has been done. 

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A renewal program can be only for sidewalks as councillors take a step forward

It’s extremely unsafe to someone who uses a cane, walker or wheelchair, Knack stated. 

“They don’t feel secure walking to the grocery store, which is true across the street,” Knack stated in an interview Monday. “That’s uncomfortable that folks can’t go pretty much across the street to access some of the most necessities that they have in their lives.” Source – cbc.ca

Knack noted some deteriorating sidewalks could be in places where neighbourhood renewal result is still 20 years off.

“I don’t want to see a case in which we’re attempting to Band-Aid sidewalk restorations for 20 years while we wait for full reconstruction,” Knack stated.  Source – cbc.ca

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