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Kathryn commented on Pittsburgh Deserves Sidewalks!

Hi Donell, not sure if you're asking a question or making a statement about what your building's property management/owner requires in the lease. For larger multi-unit apartment buildings or converted, multi-unit houses, the sidewalk in front of and on the property's existing sidewalk is required to be maintained/repaired by the private property owner, not the individual tenants.

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Kathryn commented on Pittsburgh Deserves Sidewalks!

Hi Aly, thanks for your comments/feedback as well! And way to get all the acronyms correctly -- that's no easy trick! I ran out of characters and wasn't able to spell them out, so apologies to others that may have struggled discerning who I was referring to.

In terms of addressing your questions about the scope of this project idea, a full, citywide conditions assessment needs to be completed in order to determine the neighborhoods and corridors with the highest priority of needs. Plus, right now, that's part of the problem -- we don't have a dataset to reference or point to for informing our decisions around where to invest Capital Budget $$ strategically. Part of the goal of conducting this citywide assessment would also be to show residents, local officials, business owners, and others that whether you're in more affluent neighborhoods or a low-moderate income (LMI) neighborhood, the common theme is that there aren't quality, connected sidewalk networks that allow all modes/users to travel independently. But until I can point on a map and show you with hard evidence, I don't think people will believe that this assertion is true.

After completing the citywide conditions assessment, the top priorities should be 1) expanding the sidewalk to fill significant gaps 2) working to create a dedicated fund for private property owners, particularly for LMI and elderly households, to help subsidize the cost of maintenance/repairs of existing sidewalks and 3) the City working to amend the existing legislation/policy around private property owners bearing the burden of these public realm maintenance/repair expectations.

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Kathryn commented on Pittsburgh Deserves Sidewalks!

Hi Heather! Thanks for your suggestion and yes, I absolutely have considered pathVu. The biggest challenge/barrier with moving forward collecting data with them, at least for an individual nonprofit organization, is the cost. I think pathVu's existing idea is great and offers a great partnership opportunity with the City for more accurate data collection for assessing the city's overall sidewalk network. Plus, the biggest benefit with considering a partnership with them is that there is already data collection underway across the city and relationships built with neighborhood groups in these areas. However, a completed citywide sidewalk assessment is just one of the many initial steps that would need to be taken to address Pittsburgh's sidewalks in full!