Good news! At the Atlanta on the Move forum last month, all but one of the 13 candidates pledged to support legislation that reforms Atlanta's sidewalk policy.
We're thrilled that candidates support using tax dollars to pay for sidewalk repairs, the same way Atlanta does for potholes and street resurfacing.
Now for the bad news: City officials have backed off on their promise to repair broken
streets that are resurfaced as part of the Renew Atlanta program.
Edgewood Avenue, for example, now has streetcars,
bicycle lanes and smooth pavement for people driving cars.
In contrast, sidewalks remain severely broken. Public Works responded to our pushback by agreeing to make repairs that ensure at least 36" of clear space. So far, no commitment to eliminating tripping hazards or increasing safety for people with visual impairments.
We have requested a meeting with the Renew Atlanta Program Manager and will keep you posted on our progress.