South side neighborhood gets sidewalks after years of asking

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Kids and senior citizens are a little safer now that the city has installed new sidewalks in one Columbus south side neighborhood.

Crews finished installing a new sidewalk along Fairwood Ave. For years, that section of the neighborhood did not have sidewalks. Kids and senior citizens were forced to walk in the street.  Gracie La Lagunas said there were too many close calls between cars and people. 

“The COTA bus goes through here. There is children that live around here and they go to school. And so, during the winter time roads are already bad enough. So, it’s a scary situation where you have children and parents walking on the street,” said Lagunas.

City council President Shannon Hardin said folks complained to city officials and the problem finally got fixed.

“For years this neighborhood on the south side, Southfield neighborhood, advocated to city hall, Columbus City Council for sidewalks. The kids were walking up and down these streets you see behind us, in the middle of the street,” said Hardin.

City leaders and community members will walk this sidewalk together Wednesday at 6:30 to celebrate.

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