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Our love hate relationship with sidewalks

   You can't win with sidewalks.

   New subdivisions are built without them and residents complain that their kids are placed in danger and it's impossible to walk anywhere. Towns install them and then residents complain that they don't want to shovel them, as happened recently in Orchard Park. Highway departments enforce laws to keep them clear and safe, residents comply and then people walk in the street anyway.

   If you've ever had to pay to have one fixed, you know that can be pricey. In my column today, I note that depending where you live, it can be some money out of your pocket, all money out of your pocket or no money - besides your taxes - out of your pocket.

   What's the best solution?

   --- Bruce Andriatch

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