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Sidewalk Preservationists Unite

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A resident of Brooklyn's South Portland Avenue came across city workers ripping up the landmarked bluestone sidewalk at the corner of DeKalb this morning in order to build out the traffic bump, and she is none too happy about it. She writes to Brownstoner: "What I was NOT expecting was what I saw this morning: the cherished bluestone slabs broken and destroyed...as they dig up the sidewalk to match the new higher height of the bump out curb." The crew is supposed to reset any still-whole pieces of bluestone when the work is done, but the sidewalk preservationist thinks the whole thing is being done mighty conveniently. "I suppose 'accidentally' forcing [the sidewalk] to be chopped up and trashed is an easier solution." [Brownstoner]