I could honestly talk about sidewalks all day long.  I love them.  To me, they are the key to a city's soul.  Cities without a solid sidewalk grid almost always lack depth, character, and beauty. 
I will begin our discussions of what will probably be many on the subject of sidewalks by asking one simple question.  Do you have a plan to maintain and improve your sidewalk grid?  If not, a make a plan today that includes fixing 50 feet of sidewalks this year.  Then add to your calendar to fix 100 feet next year.  Start small if you need to, but start.  So many people rely on being able to walk to where they need to go.  Requiring that citizens own a car in your community is just plain un-American.  People should be free to move about without having to pay a "car tax".