We missed a few examples on Greenwood that show Jenkintown needs a more pedestrian-first policy.
In what universe does this make sense (or pass code)? Welcome to Jenkintown.
We want to emphasize that we do not blame the homeowner. As one might expect, they will tend to do only what the borough requires on property the homeowner doesn’t own. This is the fault of the policy that eschews a wholesale, money-saving approach to pedestrian infrastructure. It is also the fault of our government that believes we don’t need to find a better way.
Can anyone explain this bit of sidewalk inspection boobery?
To our friends and neighbors on Rodman, who just got hit with this unjust form of infrastructure maintenance and automobile subsidy, we’re still here willing to fight with you to change this system of sidewalk maintenance. Reach out. Call us. Spread the word.
Yesterday, I toured Greenwood Avenue, where a good part of the curbings appear to be made of granite, not slate. This interests me only because my hometown of Springfield, Massachusetts typically used granite curbs, which typically hold up better against the elements and snow plows. My mom’s neighborhood, built in 1971, and sees about the same amount of traffic as your average Jenkintown side street, has yet to repave the street or replace any of the curbs. No, she did not have sidewalks, but if she were still alive, she’s probably say “See? I told you so.” This, despite the fact that Springfield maintains its sidewalks. City ordinance only requires residents keep them clear.
The Verizon building near the train station does indeed cut a fine presence in our town, but it would appear that the Borough conveniently overlooked this patchwork. This meets code? [UPDATE: Soon after we published this photo, this section of sidewalk was fixed.]