Since we first moved here 13 years ago, sideways in our city, if there were any, only extended the length of subdivisions and almost never connected to one another, frequently never went anywhere and abruptly ended.
The entire town was riddled with these strange dangling pedestrian roadways that left its citizens wondering why? But alas a new makeover to the city has rapidly being transforming the place. And it’s wonderful!
Our town is small enough that the new sidewalks mean such things as parents walking their kids to school, and paths connecting people to places such as the municipal golf course, city parks and rec facilities, the library, and community parks to one another.
The area of the country where we live receives on average more than 300 days of sunshine. We also have moderately cool weather in the evenings all year around. Safe sidewalks encourage people to take more walks around the city. I find it invigorating to see people out and about. It gives a city a vibrancy and youthful feel. There is also a great comfort in knowing as I exit my yard I’m on a safe, new sidewalk that I can stroll. It’s the small things in life that bring happiness; concrete happiness.
By Chelse Benham (Lae Lae team member)