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Streets are inescapably the domain of motorized vehicles. Sure, bikes are sometimes allowed—though more often than not relegated to the margins—but really, the wide avenues and bustling boulevards belongs to the fast, the mechanized, and the petroleum consuming.
What if streets belonged to people and not cars? In Los Angeles County, sidewalks were often constructed before roads. Sidewalks were intended as places for displaying wares, political protest, and (most importantly) for uninterrupted pedestrian traffic flow. Sidewalks were built for people. Roads, on the other hand, were built for cars.
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