Sidewalk (110/365)

by Lee Santiva April. 20, 2019 140 views
American sidewalk looking right

American sidewalk looking right

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.

American sidewalk looking left

American sidewalk looking left

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.

No sidewalks in rural residential Germany

No sidewalks in rural residential Germany

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.

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Lynn F Medley 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Enjoyed your images and narrative,, and find the comments interesting,, the part about making eye contact with the drivers is disalarming for sure!

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Lee Santiva Replied to Lynn F Medley 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Thank you Lynn!

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Sherry Hill 1 month, 4 weeks ago

i have lived in cities, so i understand this street to house ratio of space, but i was born in the country and again live in the country.. i enjoy living as far back from the road as possible.. sure shoveling enormous amounts of snow is a drawback, i look at it glass half full, its good exercise.. [smile]

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Lee Santiva Replied to Sherry Hill 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Thanks for commenting today Sherry. Honestly I would prefer to have acres around me and total peace & quiet however as long as we‘re both working we need to be close to our jobs so this was a compromise. I think the Suburbs of American cities can be so beautiful

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Bob Rosenberg 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Yeah, sidewalks here are pretty normal across the country.  But speaking of peculiar, we also have laws (they vary by city) that dictate how many trees you must have on your property.  And if one of your tress has a root that grows under the sidewalk and lifts it up so that there becomes a tripping hazard, the city will give you 90 days to fix it at your expense, else they will fix it and bill you.  But sidewalks do keep the truck drivers from peeking in the windows.  smile

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Lee Santiva Replied to Bob Rosenberg 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Thanks again for commrnting today Bob you always have something interesting to add, I like it! Oh there‘s all kinds of laws about trees etc here in Germany, we have to plant a tree from a list of permitted varieties in our backyard and we have to have „green“ on the roof of the garage. We planted succulents. By not having front yards to collect rsin water they use the roofs of garages for the same purpose

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Bob Rosenberg Replied to Lee Santiva 1 month, 4 weeks ago

grinning

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Russell Smith Replied to Bob Rosenberg 1 month, 4 weeks ago

I find it interesting how much it varies from town to town even state to state . Here outside of some of the historic trees or areas you are free to do with them as you wish. Honestly you would be a bit mad if you cut one down and did not replace it because they save a few $$ on the summer time electric bill.

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Russell Smith Replied to Russell Smith 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Now on a side note they wanted to build an apt complex across the road from the Angel Oak tree and it was within the root system of the oak tree. The whole area told the developer to shove it and get lost .

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Lee Santiva Replied to Russell Smith 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Thanks for commenting Russell, that's really interesting. We hear on the news about how Americans don't care about the environment etc and your story shows that at a local level, everyone does. Glad to hear that a tree beat out commerce!

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Russell Smith Replied to Lee Santiva 1 month, 4 weeks ago

It honestly is a complicated topic and even more complicated depending on your viewpoint or stance on subjects are only to be more complicated from state to state and policy to policy .

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