Photo: A broken sidewalk on Selma Avenue near Vine Street in Hollywood. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times
42% of L.A. sidewalks await repairs: Los Angeles’ backlog of sidewalk repairs could cost up to $1.6 billion and, at the current rate, take nearly 70 years. The city considers handing the responsibility to property owners.
The repair problem is not just an aesthetic issue: The city regularly faces lawsuits from people who say they were injured when they tripped or could not pass at all on the public right-of-way.
On a recent day, two blocks from her home, MacLellan pointed to a section of sidewalk with a 2-foot lift she called “the beast.” She said mothers with strollers, the elderly and others with mobility issues often go into the street to avoid it.
Photo: Judy Griffin, a West Los Angeles resident who uses a motorized wheelchair, says she often has trouble with the condition of the sidewalks. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times