Help The Chicago Stumbler Catalogue Our Cracked Sidewalks
By Chris Bentley in News on Apr 21, 2013 6:00PM
Lydia Slaker via The Chicago Stumbler
Mike Reilley, a DePaul journalism instructor, was walking back to his condo one day over spring break. He stepped into a sidewalk divot on Sheridan Road near the Red Line stop and stumbled upon a project for his online journalism class.
“I read a lot about pothole problems in the city, but very little about sidewalks,” he said. Inspired by a blog from the Voice of San Diego, he set up his own Tumblr and drafted an assignment for his class. Lindsey Murphy, a student of Reilley’s, built this map for extra credit:
Map of Chicago's Worst Sidewalks - This map indicates where each sidewalk photographed is located in Chicago... tmblr.co/Z65shsj3jpEM— The Red Line Project (@redlineproject) April 19, 2013
Reilley said the ultimate goal of the site is to effect change. He has been in contact with SeeClickFix and Access Living, but has yet to hear from the Department of Transportation.
“This is a major public safety issue,” he said. “We saw from the storms last week that the sinkholes on the streets are a problem. But what about the sidewalks?”
The project shares a subject with the city's Adopt-A-Sidewalk program, which is meant to coordinate snow shoveling. Count it, then, among the effort to improve that open data initiative if the crowd-sourced project increases stewardship over the city’s broken sidewalks.
If you have a sidewalk photograph to add, Tweet it to @redlineproject. If the project needs a theme song, may we suggest this one?