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Live video discussion: Help the Times map L.A.'s worst sidewalks

October 5, 2012 | 10:42 am

Los Angeles city leaders have spent months discussing the best strategy for assessing the condition of thousands of miles of broken and buckled sidewalks. With the total cost of repairs expected to reach $1.5 billion, officials warn that an exhaustive survey of the damage could take three years to complete and cost more than $10 million.

Join Times columnist Steve Lopez, City Hall reporter David Zahniser, data­base pro­du­cer Ken Schwencke and city editor Shelby Grad at 1:30 p.m. PST for a live video discussion on the state of L.A.'s sidewalks and the Times' project to map them.

The Times is creating a database of broken, cracked and dangerous sidewalks around Los Angeles. Snap a picture of a broken sidewalk around your office, by your home, on the walk to the store or wherever you encounter one.

DATABASE: Report a broken sidewalk

Readers can submit reports to The Times' database of damaged sidewalks by taking a picture and sending it in one of three ways:

  1. Uploading it to our online form.
  2. Sending an email to latimessidewalks@gmail.com with the photo as an attachment.
  3. Tweeting a photo with the address using the hashtag #lasidewalks.

If you send an email, please let us know the approximate address of the damage in the subject line, and describe the problem in the body of the message.

Frustrated by broken sidewalks? We invite you to join in on the conversation by posting comments below or on The Times’ Facebook and Google Plus pages or on Twitter using the #asklatimes hashtag.


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