Westside Brick Removal?

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Does anyone know why the brick was removed on the sidewalks near San Andres and Micheltorena Streets? There's a beautiful red brick sidewalk where large sections were removed and replaced with red concrete. 

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a-1597447729 Aug 14, 2020 04:28 PM
Westside Brick Removal?

I think they used the wrong type of sand between the bricks. It should be crushed silica sand (with sharp edges), so it locks in place. Typical sand acts like miniature ball bearings.

Lucky 777 Aug 14, 2020 03:19 PM
Westside Brick Removal?

The brick crosswalks at that intersection began to sink and sag almost immediately. Someone did not do the correct sand and gravel underbase. "Good enough for Government Work."

RHS Aug 14, 2020 06:57 PM
Westside Brick Removal?

Lucky: I don't think this was "government work." It was contracted to private enterprise so if you want to blame someone blame them. But of course that doesn't fit your agenda.

a-1597413561 Aug 14, 2020 06:59 AM
Westside Brick Removal?

It’s all in the specifications and installation details. Bricks have been used successfully for hundreds of years in other locations with minimal problems. (Ever been to Annapolis?) If the bricks and their underlying base were installed correctly with correct materials, this wouldn’t be a problem.

RHS Aug 13, 2020 04:19 PM
Westside Brick Removal?

Someday people will demand real concrete and asphalt and others will say we should have look alike concrete and asphalt that last longer. This whole thing is because people can't act rationally and think that ersatz Spanish Colonial buildings are cute. Brick street crossings failed within weeks of their implementation. But isn't this like putting lipstick on a pig? Efficient sidewalk and crossings should be pleasant but not Disney like phonies.

sandy1 Aug 13, 2020 02:14 PM
Westside Brick Removal?

Absolutely agree with the Stamped Concrete . I have seen artificial Sand Stone, Marble, all types of wall and pavers so authentic you can hardly tell the difference .

Sensibly Common Aug 13, 2020 01:52 PM
Westside Brick Removal?

The city doesn’t maintain any of these decorative features, everything eventually falls into disrepair. I have no idea why this stuff is installed in the first place.

TnSB Aug 13, 2020 01:25 PM
Westside Brick Removal?

PITMIX - The better question is who on ABR demanded it! You say you want stamped anything and they might cry a song of wanting the real thing.

PitMix Aug 13, 2020 03:46 PM
Westside Brick Removal?

Hopefully the ABR is not imposing designs that defy common sense. If they are, they should be paying for the replacement costs.

SBLIFE Aug 13, 2020 01:17 PM
Westside Brick Removal?

Brick needs a significantly higher level of ongoing maintenance AND is more likely to cause people to fall and injure themselves = $$$ liability for the City. Stamped concrete does not, on either account.

PitMix Aug 13, 2020 01:04 PM
Westside Brick Removal?

Like Get says, bricks are not strong enough to withstand heavy traffic and trucks. If you install them, you have a constant maintenance problem. The real question is, what engineer recommended them in the 1st place and how much of our money did they waste?

SDP Aug 13, 2020 12:33 PM
Westside Brick Removal?

Yes, I mentioned this on another forum. It looks so ugly! They did it during the Open Streets on the Westside a few weeks ago.

Getoffmylawn Aug 13, 2020 12:23 PM
Westside Brick Removal?

They break apart and cause pedestrians to fall. The city would be better off using stamped concrete yo look like bricks

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