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San Diego Explained: The Sidewalk Survey

College student engineers are sweeping the city, looking for the crumbled sidewalks we’ve all bemoaned. What took so long?

The city’s sidewalk assessment is finally under way, with a squad of yellow-shirted college students walking San Diego’s roughly 2,500 miles of streets to find the worst cracked cases.

The survey is part of a comprehensive effort to deal with some jumbled policies that might have kept city officials from launching a large-scale repair sooner. While it’s considered a property owner’s responsibility to fix the sidewalks outside his or her home, the city is legally responsible if anyone trips and falls over the exact same spot.

Read more: San Diego’s Sidewalk Problems, By the Numbers

Check out our blog The Stumblr for some of the everyday hazards our readers deal with, and submit your own.

In this edition of San Diego Explained, NBC 7’s Catherine Garcia and Voice of San Diego reporter Liam Dillon talk through what led up to the long-awaited survey.

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