No sidewalks

nice neighborhoodI have always been baffled by this fact — some of the fanciest neighborhoods in Denver have no sidewalks. Here are some possible reasons why:

1. The residents never walk (which I know is not the case).

2. There is so little traffic that pedestrians need not fear fast-moving vehicles.

3. Everyone who drives in those neighborhoods is a good driver.

4. No pedestrians in those neighborhoods ever walk at dusk or dawn.

5. The city planners were trying to create a feeling of being in a rural area.

6. It’s a secret jab from local governments in recognition of the fact that the residents pay a smaller percentage of their income in taxes than the average sidewalked neighborhood’s residents. “You pay more taxes, we’ll give you sidewalks.”

Now, over to you — what is a reason you can come up with?

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One Reply to “No sidewalks”

  1. My neighborhood doesn’t have sidewalks. It appears to have been established as an area of large but inexpensive semi-rural lots back in the 1960s-1970s, because there are a number of small houses on half-acre lots as well as the large houses you would expect. Most of the houses are on wells and septic. I wonder if any of those fancy Denver neighborhoods had their origins in similar rudimentary developments.

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