Sidewalk Hell

You wouldn’t believe how truly difficult it is to get any work done when there are workers using jackhammers to destroy pavement and sidewalks across the street from you.

The irony is that Catherine and I used to cross the street when going up town because of the nice, modern, smooth sidewalk on the other side of the street. For some reason the City Fathers decided that it would be a good idea to show up at the crack of dawn yesterday and completely remove this sidewalk with a front-end loader, and they are spending today doing collateral destruction using the aforementioned jack hammer.

Now if this destruction was in the service of Good rather than in the service of mindless “the schedule says we have to destroy this sidewalk even if it is in good shape” Evil, this wouldn’t be so bad. But it’s bureaucratic jack hammering that’s drilling through my mind, and there’s no more annoying a type.


Andrew's picture
Andrew on September 24, 2002 - 17:41 Permalink

Yeah, I had may fair share of that crap this Summer. Hopfully they will be making the sidewalk wider. For years they have been talking about exspanding the downtown sidewalks to the size of the ones in the main few blocks of downtown.

Stephen DesRoches's picture
Stephen DesRoches on September 25, 2002 - 13:17 Permalink

we got a jackhammer going today here on Queen St

Andrew's picture
Andrew on September 25, 2002 - 14:10 Permalink

Ahh nothing like sounds in the city.

Steven Garrity's picture
Steven Garrity on September 25, 2002 - 14:27 Permalink

These are indeed trying times here in Charlottetown.

Rob MacD's picture
Rob MacD on September 25, 2002 - 15:22 Permalink

Hey, at least they’re trying :)

Lou's picture
Lou on September 25, 2002 - 18:01 Permalink

I’ve often driven by city workers and said to myself, “now if I were sweeping that road, I’d start at the other end and work downhill”, for example. It’s a mystery why roads crews do things the way they do, it never seems to be the most efficient way. Perhaps a common thread right from the boys calling the shots all the way down to the street sweeper.