Letter: Better sidewalks for a walkable city

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To the editor:

I agree with Mitchell Chapman's Oct. 15 oped column about a walkable Pittsfield. ("We need a walkable Pittsfield.") I call in many deteriorating sidewalks in the city to the Public Works Dept. It's sad that they are neglected. When I was a child, sidewalks were a homeowner's pride and a storefront's pride. They were swept daily before a retail store's opening. That also provided a time to meet and greet people passing by.

Today, when walking my dog, I have to sidestep rocks due to erosion of neglectful properties, not to mention garbage and plastic neglectfully thrown around. I see children playing in rubbish on the side streets. I notice when a property owner has their lawn mowed they forget to make sure that grass is swept off the sidewalks. To me, that's the perfect touch for any landowner to do! Yet it still is overlooked and sad for me to walk over cuttings and mostly to see all these sidewalks waste away in mold and overgrowth.

Yes, it's true that a safer walkable Pittsfield would definitely change the appearance of this city, but start by being more aware of your surroundings and walking paths that we already have.

Barbara Arpante,




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