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Monroe's 'sidewalk controversy' history
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During a continuous period of 40 years in the 20th century, Monroe constructed no new sidewalks. Here is my take on how this could have happened from living here for 50-plus years, including six years on the Monroe City Council early in the last decade.Early in my years here, I noticed bizarre gaps in the logic of the sidewalk grid. It turns out these gaps occur where property owners refused to permit sidewalks on their frontage and the city fathers acceded to many of these "refuseniks."