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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