LETTER: City sidewalks in disrepair

Wednesday, July 8, 2009 | 10:24 a.m. CDT

Our sidewalks for the main commuter thoroughfares in our city suck. That is right: they suck as far as the condition they are in, but this city is sitting on what is left of a $25 million package for non-motorized transportational/infrastructural needs, and we cannot get a single section of our sidewalks fixed.

What is wrong with our City Council?

Case in point: Today, instead of taking the bus and because my ankle is still recovering from a severe sprain, I took my electric wheelchair on a full charge and drove it to Westlake Ace Hardware on Business Loop 70 East. Took me about one hour round-trip. The thing was though, as I went down Paris Road between College Avenue and North Route B, it was obvious the street was out of the question because even though it was recently repaved, there were still no lines repainted yet. Not a one.

So I took to the sidewalk, and what an adventure that was. I have more respect for my fellow citizens in wheelchairs than ever before because that is one white-knuckle ride, I assure you.

Remember, powered wheelchairs do not have shocks like a car, and you feel every single bump and grind. Then people have the nerve to get mad at citizens in wheelchairs when they choose to ride in the street instead of using the sidewalks?

Now because the city has all of that grant money, why can't they go and look into taking over that section of sidewalk from College to North Route B and redo that entire stretch of sidewalk to make it better for all walkers, joggers, citizens in wheelchairs and others who would use that avenue of transportation if it were more viable to them?

Taking that stretch of sidewalk is an adventure in itself, even if you are just walking, with all of the dips, bumps, broken areas, curb cuts that need to be replaced and more.

Why is it that we have this grant for non-motorized transportational infrastructure, yet we cannot get the City Council to fix the sidewalks that move all forms of pedestrians from one part of the city to the other?

This whole SpendAbout Columbia project is nothing but a backhanded slap at the citizens of Columbia and the citizens of America, and it smells just like another fleecing of America overall.

The word "disgusted" does not even begin to describe my utter disdain for those who run this city.

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