I took these photos several years ago while visiting relatives in USA otherwise I'd have a hard time to post today because we don't have sidewalks in residential areas of Germany.
I did what most tourists do: take pictures of things which are unusual and/or pretty. This was a beautiful setting: lush greens of mature trees and healthy lawns which were perfectly maintained for every house! The absolutely straight line of the sidewalk seemed to go on forever in both directions.
We found it peculiar and were surprised to learn that it was allowed to have a public walkway cross your property. The sidewalks, which consist of squares of concrete, were made almost 100 years ago during the Great Depression as part of a job works program. They were in really good condition for being so old.
Photo #2 shows modern residential housing in rural Germany where the steps of the house end directly at the street and there is no such thing as a sidewalk. There are also no green front lawns.
My husband and I like the convenience of not having to shovel snow from a sidewalk or cut the grass. However, sometimes I feel the street is too close to the house especially when big trucks turn the corner and seem to drive directly into my kitchen which faces the street. When I'm standing at the sink doing dishes, I can make eye contact with the truck drivers and that is disconcerting.
Fortunately there‘s not a lot of traffic because the street is classified as a „play street“ which means children are allowed to play in the street and cars can only go 8kph.