The City Council unanimously made an exception to the rules Tuesday, allowing the Rex Manor neighborhood to keep its much-loved rolled curbs.
The city was preparing to rebuild 10 streets and sidewalks in the area -- just north of Central Expressway between Burgoyne and Farley streets -- when public outcry over the benefits of the rolled curbs caused city staff to reconsider the idea, eventually recommending an exception to the city standard.
A city survey found that 78 percent of the neighborhood supported rolled curbs, and only 15 percent preferred vertical curbs.
"In our experience and for our neighborhood, rolled curbs fit. They suit our needs," said Rich Tanner, a Rex Manor resident.
The rolled curbs allow a flatter sidewalk with no dips for driveways, and homeowners have made use of the resulting design flexibility, relocating driveways without changing the sidewalk.
But to some, the flexibility can be a bad thing, letting drivers park their cars on sidewalks and lawns.
The city's standard vertical curbs could provide a little more safety for sidewalk users, as it is harder for a car to jump a vertical curb.
Several council members said they were fans of rolled curbs, including Tom Means, who said that as a kid who grew up with rolled curbs he found they were better for floating boats down the gutter in the rain.