Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Corralitas Public Staircase: Structural Repairs Badly Needed

Photo: Diane Edwardson, April 7, 2013.  Despite their poor condition, public staircases still serve as vital pedestrian connections within hillside communities, 100 years or so after their original construction.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)
The Corralitas Public Staircase is #16 in most need of repairs on the 2003, Citywide list of 222 public staircases.   The list was spearheaded by City Council candidate Mitch O'Farrell while working as deputy for City Councilmember Eric Garcetti in CD13. 
Unfortunately, even during the real estate boom years, when the City was flush with money, there was no money allocated within the City budget for public staircase repair & maintenance.   The City places responsibility for maintenance on the adjacent property owners, as they do with sidewalks.  It seems a bit onerous since there are larger grading & structural issues with public staircases, than with ordinary sidewalks in front of people's homes.

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