In my previous post (Sidewalks – the deal you didn’t know you made), I discussed some of the origins of our sidewalk codes and explained a little bit about the deal residents made to repair them if they became a hazard.
In this post, I want to focus a little bit on how our municipal code operates and the norms that existed when certain provisions were created.
The importance of Norms
While it’s clear that residents who wanted sidewalks, agreed to fix them if they fell into disrepair, problems became apparent from the start. New residents would buy homes and discover they had to fix sidewalk slabs, coming to council for relief.
Here is how Councilman Haggerty described the problem in January of 1948: Continue reading “The code was meant to be a shield, but someone is using it as a sword”