Here’s an encouraging update on the inclusion of grass strips in any sidewalk replacement scheduled for Ward 3, which includes Summit. At SNA’s request, our councilman, Kevin Jackson, has coordinated with DPW to revise the sidewalk bids to include grass strips, which should be covered by current funding. We will confirm as the work is scheduled, but this looks like a big win for a walkable streetscape in Summit and Mount Hope !
Attached is the SNA resolution on the grass strips. Read on for the history.
A few weeks ago it was posted that new sidewalks will be going in around Summit and Mount Hope. SNA has obtained the sidewalk list by property address – which you can download from this post – and has reviewed it to ensure it meets the goals of a walkable, sustainable neighborhood. This is something that neighbors have told SNA repeatedly, at meetings and in surveys, is important.
We found that, although the work plan did not plan to remove the grass strips between the sidewalks and street where they currently exist, they did not explicitly plan to build new grass strips where they did not exist. Since grass strips are an integral part of a healthy and safe streetscape (as recognized by a 2005 addition to City Ordinances), SNA is advocating to the City and the Department of Public Works that they be included in this current sidewalk work order.
You can find the sidewalk work plan as it currently stands attached. The December 8, 2005 City Ordinance is in the Word file as well.