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From the 1899 Commissioner’s Report on stormwater, sewers and streets – Referring to the present condition of the paved streets of Baltimore, I cannot say that they are in good or bad condition, as this is a relative term, and depends a great deal upon what residents are accustomed to, what advanced civilization requires and the willingness of the tax-payers to keep pace with the same. We have succeeded in the last year in repairing most of the places which were specifically complained of, and have done much to make the best of bad pavements. The kerb-stones are far from being in repair, but the citizens become so accustomed to seeing them lay over in the gutter, or partially so, that they have long since ceased to make an outcry concerning the same, especially as it involves an outlay on the part of the property-holder to repair his footway; but we have succeeded in resetting more kerb this year than any previous year, over ten miles.

1900 curb