Councilmember Bowser a Lone Voice Against Universal Sidewalks
More from today's City Council legislative meeting: Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser was the one vote against advancing a bill that would require the installation of sidewalks on at least one side of all new streets, arguing that not every part of the city may need sidewalks all that much. "Every bit of infrastructure in our city is not alike, and should not be treated all alike," she said. "The whole landscape of our city does not need to change."
Currently, there are more sidewalk installations scheduled for Ward 4 in the next few months than for any other ward.
An interesting bit of back story to this was reported last July by Greater Greater Washington: DDOT had planned to install sidewalks on a few streets in Ward 4's North Portal Estates, but decided not to after a person affiliated with the North Portal Estates Civic Association objected. I don't know what kinds of pressures Bowser may have come under, but the incident does speak to the existence of opposition to the installation of walkways for the disabled.
The bill will require another vote before it is approved.