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Old 01-13-2011, 12:53 AM
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Hey Bostonians I just had a quick question for you guys, I noticed when I lived there that all the sidewalks had a rough texture on the curb of the sidewalks. At first I thought it was due to the weather but then I saw when street crews in Chelsea redid a section of the sidewalk and they did the same thing. Is this just a design put in to the sidewalks or is it there for some other reason?
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Old 01-13-2011, 09:58 AM
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Those are granite stone curbs. It's a vestige of the old days when the streets of Boston and New York were paved with granite blocks quarried in Maine and Massachusetts. Granite curbs remain standard practice in Mass because they hold up over time and are especially resistant to snowplows. Other places just use cast concrete, the same as for the sidewalk surfaces, but concrete cracks. Or, as in NYC, a steel edge on a concrete curb, again to make it hold up better over time. Real granite stone is a nice aesthetic touch and makes the Boston sidewalks a bit more distinctive (even when not paved with brick).
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