Los Angeles sidewalks are just absolutely pitiful. Many feature randomly angled slabs of concrete jutting out of the ground like plates on the back of a stegosaurus. In the city of 4 million residents, it’s become common to see people pushing shopping carts and wheelchairs up the middle of the street alongside vehicles. But according to BuzzFeed News, the City of Angels has just decided to spend a whopping $1.4 billion towards getting them back in shape. On Wednesday, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved a massive plan to repair the city’s abysmal pedestrian infrastructure. First, the city will begin repairing its miles and miles of broken sidewalks, then turn them over to property owners to maintain going forward. LA has 11,000 miles of sidewalks, and city officials say there has never been a survey to determine exactly how many of them need to be repaired. Last year, a city administrator told the Los Angeles Times that as many as 40% of sidewalks needed repairs.
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