To the editor:
I would like to congratulate the City of Greenville on its foresight and concern for citizens in the installation of new sidewalks, currently underway in the southern end of town.
We live in a neighborhood that is a closed area — no cut-throughs to any other street, has fairly wide streets, and is a quiet little area. A few people walk regularly: the several ladies, the older gentleman, the rare youth; there is very little vehicular traffic — in fact, quite often I never even see another moving vehicle.
Yet, Greenville, in its generosity, has seen fit to provide our neighborhood, not only with sidewalks, but with sidewalks on both sides of our streets!
Sad to say there isn’t enough right of way to make a wide sidewalk, to avoid the large bushes, or keep the mailboxes from being centered in the concrete. Therefore you periodically have to walk up on someone’s lawn or into the street to avoid these obstacles. If the street is so “dangerous” it needs a sidewalk, it’s a shame that there isn’t enough right of way to do it correctly.
Of course, there are the areas where the brand-new sidewalk has already been under several inches of water. It’s sad they couldn’t fix that sort of issue while they were in the process.
I was going to complain about the unnecessary use of taxpayer funds, but when I called the city to point out a few concerns, I was informed that the sidewalks were possible due to a grant. Unless that was from a company, it probably still came from Federal taxes, so it’s still my money.
On a positive note, I will say that the crews carrying out the work, from every time I’ve driven by (two, three, five times a day), seem to be industrious, hard-working crews, not prone to dragging this process out.
It is just a shame that the city didn’t first tackle the more dangerous streets with fast cars and children walking to school, before double-sidewalking a closed, safe neighborhood.
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