DePaul graduate student Pari Cruz looks through photos on her mobile phone during an NBC Chicago field reporting trip. (Photo/Brianna Kelly)
The Chicago Stumbler worked with NBC 5 Investigates to document poor sidewalk conditions in the city for a two-part series. In the first installment (March 17), DePaul student journalists used smartphones and Google Glass to document the sidewalks and post them to the Stumbler.
NBC Chicago investigative reporter Chris Coffey used public documents to confirm that the city has spent $18 million to repair sidewalks between 2008 and 2013 but also paid $6 million during that time to people who’ve injured themselves on poorly maintained sidewalks.
- Video: The NBC 5 report on Chicago sidewalks
- Story and video: Coffey writes about the injuries and how the Stumbler documents the sidewalks. DePaul instructor Mike Reilley talks about why he and the students founded The Chicago Stumbler.
The Chicago Stumbler teamed with NBC 5 Investigates for the second installment of an investigation
into the city’s poor sidewalk conditions in May 2014.
- Video: City lagging in broken sidewalk repairs
- StoryMap: Sidewalk complaints and conditions
- Get the Data: .PDF of the 10,550 complaints
- Part I: Poorly maintained sidewalks cost taxpayers millions
This map indicates where each sidewalk photographed by our team is located in Chicago and which Red Line stop it is near. The map will be updated as more photos are posted on the site. You also can read stories about issues with sidewalk repair on our sister site, The Red Line Project.
Have a sidewalk photograph you would like to share? Tweet it to us at @redlineproject and we’ll post it on our site and credit you.