(Side)Walk Of Shame

Victoria Park (east sidewalk)This is looking north on 19 block Scarth near the south-east corner of Victoria Park. I didn’t have a protractor with me, but I’d estimate the slope of the sidewalk by the tree to be around five degrees.

Actually, the whole stretch of sidewalk up to at least mid-block is a mess. You can see another bad spot after the jump — and at the top you get a good sense of the slope in the first shot. Click both pictures to enlarge.

Victoria Park (east sidewalkII)

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3 thoughts on “(Side)Walk Of Shame”

  1. One of the reasons for sloping sidewalks is to facilitate drainage.

    The crack is likely due at least in part to tree roots.

  2. it is because for some reason in Regina nobody puts rebar in the concrete sidewalks. If there was rebar, the thing would move as a piece, not break down the middle. Same soil conditions in Winnipeg, I have never seen sidewalks like these there…

  3. Steel rebars cost a few bucks, and when private contractors to skimp on materials and methods, they get to pocket the savings as extra profit. Not only that, but they ensure frequent repeat business, and tricks like no rebar visible at first. Same with shoddy concrete mixes, thin sub-layers, and not expending the labour to compact the base properly.

    Prior to this administration privatizing everything, dedicated workers who took pride in their work would build streets and sidewalks that would last decades not months.

    If we still had experienced staff in the field, they could at least monitor and inspect to reduce these problems. Sadly we have instead an army of office-dwelling, facebook-lurking “managers” who wouldn’t know any of this, and wouldn’t lower themselves to go outside on site anyway. They just cut cheques to private contractors, then rinse and repeat annually.

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