NBC 5 Investigates: Crumbling Sidewalks Cost Taxpayers Millions

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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 March 17 story the channel aired. The 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.

Mapping Chicago’s Worst Sidewalks

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! — Lindsey Murphy

Sheridan Stop: This broken sidewalk is located on the south side of Irving Park Road at Seminary Avenue. It’s a high traffic area on Cubs game days as fans board tour buses at this location. (Photo/Mike Reilley through Google Glass) High-res

Sheridan Stop: This broken sidewalk is located on the south side of Irving Park Road at Seminary Avenue. It’s a high traffic area on Cubs game days as fans board tour buses at this location. (Photo/Mike Reilley through Google Glass)

Logan Square:  Watch out for this crumbling sidewalk located on the 2500 block of West Homer Street, between North Rockwell and North Campbell Avenues, about three blocks west of the Blue Line Western stop.
Don’t like what you see? Contact 311 or Ald. Joe Moreno (1st).
Have a photo of a crummy sidewalk to share? Tweet it to us @redlineproject​ and we’ll post it here and credit you. (Photo/Emily Brosious) High-res

Logan Square:  Watch out for this crumbling sidewalk located on the 2500 block of West Homer Street, between North Rockwell and North Campbell Avenues, about three blocks west of the Blue Line Western stop.

Don’t like what you see? Contact 311 or Ald. Joe Moreno (1st).

Have a photo of a crummy sidewalk to share? Tweet it to us @redlineproject​ and we’ll post it here and credit you. (Photo/Emily Brosious)

Monroe Stop: This gash in the sidewalk is located on the northeast corner of Monroe and Wells in Chicago’s financial district, one of the busier sidewalks in the the city. It’s on the north side of Monroe Street, near the Northern Trust building.
Don’t like what you see? Call 311. Have a photo of a crummy Chicago sidewalk to share? Tweet it to use at @redlineproject. — Mike Reilley

Monroe Stop: This gash in the sidewalk is located on the northeast corner of Monroe and Wells in Chicago’s financial district, one of the busier sidewalks in the the city. It’s on the north side of Monroe Street, near the Northern Trust building.

Don’t like what you see? Call 311. Have a photo of a crummy Chicago sidewalk to share? Tweet it to use at @redlineproject. — Mike Reilley

Monroe Stop: Both of these sidewalks are on the north side of West Monroe Street in the heart of Chicago’s financial district, a high-traffic area. The top photo is at 128 W. Monroe Street and the bottom photo is at 130 W. Monroe St., right in front of a Starbucks. Don’t like what you see? Call 311. Have a sidewalk photo you want to share? Tweet it to us @redlineproject. — Mike Reilley