"Existing streets got a thin layer of petroleum 'slurry.' This extends the life of the street by an average of 7 additional years, delaying the need for a full, expensive repaving.
"Concrete streets are more difficult. Since it's pretty much cost-prohibitive to repair them to their original state, the Bureau of Street Services (BOSS) prefers to fix them by paving them over with asphalt - which many residents, fond of the concrete streets, object to."
Fondness for concrete? I see what Miles sees. Compare two areas of Atwater Village - like north and south of Glendale Blvd. - and it's like day (smooth streets, manicured yards) and night (concrete cracks, lawn jalopies).
Might there be a connection between public property caretaking and private propety pride?
It extends to graffiti, too. What's the incentive for a business to repaint walls when it's next to a riverbed or bridge that's perenially tagged?