Sidewalk Management

From October 2009 till November 2010, NYC will be instituting a program referred to as Sidewalk Management. What this does program does is get the DOT to fix the 12,750 miles of sidewalks in the city and make them safe for pedestrians to walk on without suffering from any type of injury.

Based on Section 19-152 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York, people who own properties are responsible for installing, repairing, and maintaining sidewalks that are in front of their property. During certain times of the week or month, sidewalk inspectors go around and check sidewalks to see how safe they are. If there are any problems with sidewalks, the property owner will be told about the problems and will have a certain amount of time to make the necessary repairs. If the repairs are not made in the required time, the City may hire private construction companies to make the repairs and bill the property owner.

With the new Expedited Sidewalk Repair Program that was started in October 2009, if a property owner was given notice of a repair, the owner can request the DOT do the repairs and bill the property owner. This way the repairs would get done faster. The actual repairs would begin within 45 days once the property owner files the necessary request with the City.

Being this is the case, have you seen any improvement in sidewalks in your neighborhood since October 2009?
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None - although my neighborhood doesn't have loads of problems.
Now what I want to see is more provisions for outdoor cafes and outdoor seating on the sidewalk. Maybe I'm just an incurable Europhile but I love the outdoor-cafe culture, and I think it's sorely lacking in the USA - particularly in NYC, which has a relatively beautiful urban landscape and some fantastic restaurants.
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Having an outdoor cafe would be great for the summer, but not to great in the winter. Also, zoning regulations and space is a problem. There are some places in the city where adding an outdoor cafe would prove to interfere in sidewalk traffic.
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