Ann Arbor Weather:
Tuesday September 26, 2017
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed
Print Comment E-mail

Complete Streets

 

continued

Right now, sidewalks are an unfunded mandate: homeowners are required to maintain them at their own expense. That wasn't a big issue for many years, because inspections were rare. But in 2004, the Center for Independent Living sued to force the city to fix sidewalk curb cuts that violated the Americans with Disabilities Act, and in 2005 the city began a comprehensive sidewalk inspection program. Since then, local homeowners have replaced 47,000 five-foot-square concrete "flags."

If a contractor does the work, Pirooz says, $130 per flag is a good price. At that rate, residents have already spent more than $6 million dollars fixing sidewalks. Pirooz says that the sidewalk millage is a good idea nonetheless. For a typical home, worth $214,000, Proposal 2 would cost about $13 per year. "It will take ten years before you have to pay [in taxes] what you'd have to pay [a contractor] for one sidewalk square," he points out.

Bookmark and Share
previous  ·  1 l 2 l 3 l 4 l 5 l 6  ·  next page
all on one page
read more stories here -> Marketplace  l  Culture  l  Community  l  News

You might also like:

Drivers' Test
"The roundabout is doing well," says Roy Townsend. "It's the busiest in the county."
James Leonard
Return to the River
Gallup Park opened up a "private river." Now a new playground is making it even more accessible.
Jan Schlain
Childrens Activities in Saline
Nightspots: Café Verde
County Millage
Gearing up for a big "ask."
James Leonard
Deet Deetle Deet, by Gene Gaunt
The End of Independents
Odd-year elections gave small, passionate groups an outsize impact. This will be their last chance.
James Leonard
Sprint for Flint
Mark Braun is racing to Mackinac Island by land and lake.
Sandor Slomovits
Photo: Immigrant Success
Restaurants - African & Caribbean
Regent Hotel
only cycling studio on the University of Michigan's Campus
spark ann arbor