I frequently walk from the east-side to the college-cultural area and downtown and see sidewalks that have dates on them ranging from the 1910's and 1920's. It makes me a little angry to think about all the stupid stuff the city has spent money on (like a parking structure nobody uses) over the past 90 years or so but can't replace a simple sidewalk. However, it is kind of fun to think about all the different kinds of people that have walked over them since then traveling the same path as you. They must have used much better concrete back then to make them last so long.
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