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Residents demand sidewalks in Atlanta neighborhoods

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ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -

Sidewalks are everywhere in downtown Atlanta. They'll take you wherever you need to go and the only time your feet will hit the street is when you need to cross it.

"You need the sidewalks, you have people going back and forth to work, I mean if you have no sidewalks, somebody can get hit," said Ronald Hatcher.

But across town, it's a different world. Santrice Winfrey and her daughter have to walk in the street and brave cars, trucks and buses to get around.

"It is very dangerous. When you come around these curves people don't look, they just fly by. There have been a lot of people hit lately," said Winfrey.

Winfrey lives right around the corner from the scene of a near deadly accident Saturday. A 12-year-old boy playing in the street was hit by a car. He survived, but suffered critical injuries.

"That is sad. I heard about somebody on Campbellton Road by my house got hit before," said Winfrey.

The lack of sidewalks is a major issue in neighborhoods around Atlanta. Tuesday afternoon, Atlanta City Council is scheduled to discuss the need for sidewalks and pedestrian safety in general. The council has promised to pass legislation that will deal with the citywide problem. Winfrey and others like her said they want more action and less talk before someone else gets hurt.

"It is just sad. They know we need sidewalks out here. They know people are walking out here, children coming from school walking, they just don't care," Winfrey said.

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