Powell-Worthington-Dublin area

Sidewalks shouldn't end just because city limits do

To the Editor:

Somewhere amid the tranquil streets of Worthington, the proud greenery of Dublin and the old-time charm of downtown Powell stretches a community that has become unstitched.

I'm speaking of the vast neighborhoods that aren't quite Powell, fall just shy of being Dublin and don't exactly feel like Worthington. These neighborhoods sprawl between Hard, Snouffer, Smoky Row and Sawmill roads. When you drive down Hard Road, these neighborhoods begin right where the sidewalk ends. And this is the oddity of it all: the correlation between a disembodied community and the absence of sidewalks.

The members of this eclectic community don't have walking paths to safely walk to destinations within their community. Too often, young adolescents are seen staggering dangerously close to the busy roads in an effort to gain access to shops and friends and to get back and forth from home and school.

It's understood that these neighborhoods are part of the Worthington and Dublin school districts but that the proprietors of the homes pay Columbus taxes. But why must this be made obvious by our children teetering on the edge of the busy roads and dragging themselves heavily to and from school through tall, wet grass. They attend the same schools as the other children, yet one child walks along a sidewalk or a paved walking path, safe from traffic, and the other does not. So why can't all the children have safe pedestrian access to the entirety of their community? Is this asking too much?

Aubrey Herron