CBC interviews Prof. Paul Hess on the sidewalk debate in Windsor, ON

CBC reports: The debate around sidewalks goes back to the years following World War II, according to Paul Hess, an urban planning professor at the University of Toronto. Cities all over North America were bursting at the seams and new neighbourhoods popped up on what used to be farm fields.

Hess says the developers were always looking to save money.

“Their regulations weren’t very strong, and I think there was a bit of an assumption that people would have cars and it wouldn’t be a big issue,” said Hess. “We let subdividers build subdivisions with either a sidewalk just on one side sometimes, or without sidewalks at all.”  Read More here