City Lagging in Broken Sidewalk Repairs

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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.

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.

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.

Clark/Division Stop: This gash in the sidewalk was spotted at 1212 N. LaSalle St.

Stumbled upon a broken sidewalk near you? To prevent any injuries report it to 311 and tweet a picture of it to us at @redlineproject. We will post it here and credit you. (Photo/Michael Bussey)

Clark/Division Stop: This gash in the sidewalk was spotted at 1212 N. LaSalle St.

Stumbled upon a broken sidewalk near you? To prevent any injuries report it to 311 and tweet a picture of it to us at @redlineproject. We will post it here and credit you. (Photo/Michael Bussey)

North/Clybourn Stop: This damaged sidewalk can be found at the crosswalk of 801 W. North Ave., between the Apple Store and CB2. (Photo/Clare Edlund) High-res

North/Clybourn Stop: This damaged sidewalk can be found at the crosswalk of 801 W. North Ave., between the Apple Store and CB2. (Photo/Clare Edlund)

Clark/Division Stop: This raised sidewalk near a manhole cover can be found at 113 W. Elm St.

Stumbled upon a broken sidewalk near you? To prevent any injuries report it to 311 and tweet a picture of it to us at @redlineproject. We will post it here and credit you. (Photo/Michael Bussey)

Clark/Division Stop: This raised sidewalk near a manhole cover can be found at 113 W. Elm St.

Stumbled upon a broken sidewalk near you? To prevent any injuries report it to 311 and tweet a picture of it to us at @redlineproject. We will post it here and credit you. (Photo/Michael Bussey)

Morse Stop: This sidewalk can be found at 7318 N. Greenville.
If you have a broken sidewalk near you, report it to 311 and tweet us a picture @redlineproject on Twitter. We’ll post it and credit you. (Photo/Spencer Barrett) High-res

Morse Stop: This sidewalk can be found at 7318 N. Greenville.

If you have a broken sidewalk near you, report it to 311 and tweet us a picture @redlineproject on Twitter. We’ll post it and credit you. (Photo/Spencer Barrett)

Jarvis Stop: This mess is at the corner of 1360 W. Touhy Ave. 
If you have a broken sidewalk near you, report it to 311 and tweet us a picture @redlineproject on Twitter. We’ll post it and credit you. (Photo/Spencer Barrett) High-res

Jarvis Stop: This mess is at the corner of 1360 W. Touhy Ave. 

If you have a broken sidewalk near you, report it to 311 and tweet us a picture @redlineproject on Twitter. We’ll post it and credit you. (Photo/Spencer Barrett)