Who Sweeps the Sidewalks?

Author: Qianyao Duan

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Abstract: The common appearance of sidewalks contradicts their unique significance as an irreplaceable component of public goods. Local governments are widely considered to take primary responsibility for sidewalks, but other organizations may also step in the field. Due to the involvement of diverse groups and high costs of maintaining sidewalks, local governments have adopted varied strategies to overcome financial deficits and inefficiency. Cooperation between local governments and property owners has become an inevitable trend to collect funding, to share risks, and to balance control of sidewalk pavement and maintenance.

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