Curb enthusiasm in Rex Manor area


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.

— Daniel DeBolt


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Posted by Rex Manor Homeowner
a resident of Rex Manor
on Apr 22, 2009 at 12:06 am

I would much rather see vertical curbs if only to discourage the trailer-trash neighbors and their friends that park on their lawns and block sidewalks.

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Posted by RMT of Rex Manor
a resident of Rex Manor
on Apr 22, 2009 at 9:24 pm

Before throwing out the baby with the bathwater (which would then never be recovered), it would be wise to first try something which virtually everyone wants tried (well, all but one guy that is).

Since the city has never made one effort to inform the people of the laws regarding how to lawfully parallel park at rolled curbs, it's no surprise that so many people violate the laws they are not even aware of. So, making an effort to notify people of the laws should be tried first.

It's vastly cheaper and easier to send out a notice of the laws than any other method to address the illegal parking issues.

Only one person objected to letting the people know the laws. All he wanted was to flood the neighborhood with cops writing tickets for every possible violation they could come up with and to out-law owning more than 2 cars per house. But then that guy also refered to Rex Manor as a quote: "low-income slum" which has "gone to hell because of all the minorities and foreigners who have moved into the neighborhood". So, I don't think his opinions are very common in the neighborhood.

Keeping the public ignorant by design is no solution to anything.

And I can't recall seeing anyone living in any trailers in the Rex Manor neighborhood, so I am hard-pressed to understand that characterisation either.

If many people really are living in trailers around here, that sounds like another type of violation and perhaps those people also need to be informed about the laws, if it is really a serious enough problem to bother with that is. But I doubt that it is.

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Posted by TCD
a resident of Rex Manor
on Apr 23, 2009 at 9:36 am

We love our Rex Manor neighborhood, and are relieved that the "kid friendly / bike friendly / stroller friendly " rolled curbs will remain. We've lived here for close to 9 years, and love the diversity that our neighborhood brings with it. That is why we bought here. Trailer trash? What a sad and ignorant statement.

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Posted by Zardots
a resident of Rex Manor
on Apr 23, 2009 at 2:29 pm

I live in Rex Manor and there are people living in trailers there. Look for 5th wheel units hooked up to electrical drops. Usually seen adjacent to several cars that haven't moved since the Nixon Administration.

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Posted by dcree
a resident of Shoreline West
on Apr 24, 2009 at 1:28 pm

Why would we be spending money on this? I don't see anything wrong with the curbs in that area. If it ain't broke, don't fix it, especially when the city is crying it doesn't have money.

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Posted by RMT of Rex Manor
a resident of Rex Manor
on Apr 25, 2009 at 1:47 pm


If you mean the project to reconstruct the streets in Rex Manor, including replacement of the curbs & sidewalks, then the bulk of the money actually came from state city improvement grants, ie, it wont be costing us from our city taxes. And if the money is not spent on qualified projects, then we lose the money.

And the streets over here do really need reconstructing, we have been putting on band-aids on the streets for decades.

The project has been in the works for years, we just didn't know al the details util just recently.

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