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Most side streets in chicago have the regular sidewalk, plus a smaller sidewalk-like section near the curb. I've noticed two places in Chicago (Wilson in Albany Park, and Leamington in Portage Park) where drivers park their cars half on the curb, using this strip as a tire platform. I grew up in Oak Park, where we also had these small sidewalks, and no one ever parked on them. I always assumed they were installed to allow for a mud-free zone when exiting one's vehicle; are they actually intended for parking?

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