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Old 09-04-2009, 05:26 PM
 
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What is the deal with no sidewalks in Maryland?
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Old 09-04-2009, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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Plenty of sidewalks here in Gaithersburg.
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Old 09-04-2009, 06:08 PM
 
Location: PG County, MD
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What part of the state are you talking about? There are sidewalks everywhere in Baltimore. In the suburban areas, some streets have them, some don't. The neighborhood I live in, most residential streets don't have them. Only the main roads through the neighborhood.

And the rural parts of the state (western MD and the eastern shore) probably don't have them because they don't need them.
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Old 09-04-2009, 06:17 PM
 
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I have been looking into Silver Spring, Rockville, Germantown, Bethesda. And it seems very rare to have sidewalks. If there is a sidewalk it is only on one side of the road.
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Old 09-04-2009, 07:33 PM
 
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Sidewalks in suburbia? Really?
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Old 09-04-2009, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Between Frederick and Westminster
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Germantown has those asphalt paths for pedestrians and bikers all over the place. I tried to drive my truck on one and they gave me a ticket.
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Old 09-05-2009, 08:26 AM
 
Location: Cumberland
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Cities generally have sidewalks. Many suburbs don't. Nearly all rural areas are sidewalk free. You have your choice of all three in Maryland, just keep looking.
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Old 09-05-2009, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Silver Spring,Maryland
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I wondered the same thing when I moved here from Oh. It just confused me that these houses cost so much and many don't have a garage or a sidewalk!. The areas closer to DC seem to have them.
I lived in the burbs all my life and we always had a sidewalk.
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Old 09-05-2009, 08:58 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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When a lot of those developments were built they were in the "outer suburbs" of the time and the builders wanted the buyers to have the illusion that they were gentlemen farmers on their farmettes and mini-estates. Also, why plop a sidewalk down in a development where two years ago tobacco was growing and the main road is still a rural road?
My town put sidewalks in some of the residential areas about ten years ago (the town was mostly seasonal until the early 90s) and they are a pain in the ass. They've taken away street width, made parking a challenge on a couple streets, aren't really wide enough and are now breaking apart (whole other story why) and 95% of the people still walk on the street.
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Old 09-05-2009, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Silver Spring,Maryland
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The reason you gave just doesn't make sense. Even where I grew up the neighborhood used to be a field, farm or considered the boonies. The neighborhoods were planned to have wider streets to accomodate the sidewalks, have a yard, drive way and garage. IMO the developers here were being cheap.
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