For instance, there's a reason why the city has so many tree-lined streets.

Ever wonder why some cities have great sidewalks, while others don't? In this short film from City Walk, Heather Deutsch of the District Department of Transportation explains how Washington, D.C.’s pedestrian-friendly sidewalk laws create safe, walkable spaces.

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