Man Builds Park Stairs for $550 after Govt Estimates Cost at $65,000

Man Builds Park Stairs for $550 after Govt Estimates Cost at $65,000

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by Josh Guckert

Tired of Government Ineptitude, Man Takes Initiative on Stairs

But without government, who would build the park stairs? One man has the answer for that question, and his city isn’t happy.

In Toronto, retired Mechanic Adi Astl took matters into his own hands after several of his neighbors fell down a path to a nearby community garden. Astl and his neighbors pooled their money together to construct steps for $550, far less than the $65,000 to $100,000 the city estimated it would take for construction.

Astl built the steps in hours, enlisting the help of a homeless person. The city now threatens to perhaps tear down the project because it does not abide by regulation standards. City bylaw officers taped off the stairs until further notice.

That notwithstanding, Astl’s neighbors seem pleased with the project. “We have far too much bureaucracy,” said Dana Beamon, an area resident. “We don’t have enough self-initiative in our city, so I’m impressed.” Astl’s wife, Gail Rutherford, stated “I’ve seen so many people fall over that rocky path that was there to begin with . . . It’s a huge improvement over what was there.”

Astl’s project proves the superiority of private enterprise over government bureaucracy. He and his associates completed the project in a responsive and timely manner at a fraction of the cost.


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  • picnicfun
    July 20, 2017, 2:05 pm

    Hurts my head to see this city’s opposition.

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  • frankania
    July 20, 2017, 2:51 pm

    Instead of paying TAXES, all govts should allow people to WORK for the betterment of their areas, and credit them their labor time instead of paying $$$

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  • TomRay
    July 20, 2017, 6:45 pm

    Some “Pet” city contractor and the commissioner he is in cahoots with are pissed off in losing ALL that money.

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  • kinghumble
    July 20, 2017, 10:58 pm

    Except… These stairs will fall apart after one or two winters. Except that the handrail is unstable and isn’t secured to the ground. There’s no concrete foundation, only mud along the slope and gravel at the bottom. Even before winter, a bad rainstorm might scuttle the whole thing.

    This is a charming story – and hey, for all I know, the city’s price-tag is still way too expensive. But this is no Libertarian victory. It’s a garbage staircase.

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  • ClevelandBill@kinghumble
    July 21, 2017, 2:17 am

    KingHumble … what part of what municipal government do you work for? We can’t really see how the thing is built … I am not fond of the too-close stair stringers, but there are advantages to this design (namely, in the stiffness of the entire stairway, and resistance to stair tread flexion or twisting). Builder may have put a pipe down into the ground inside those handrail supports. I’m guessing with a cost of $550, there’s a lot more to those stairs than the picture reveals.

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